Clever writing by Patrick Prior tells the story of the ship and it’s last few hours......The big question held within The Man Who Left The Titanic asks, was Ismay a coward, or merely human and it left the audience of about 50 wondering, what would I have done? The much respected Isosceles Company are undoubtedly multi-talented and this production must be one of their most thought provoking. I would encourage you to get tickets.

Anne Hailes - Irish News


Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden perform the moral arguments beautifully, with resonating voices and eloquence of speech. The captivating words covered the tragic and chilling facts, which were enthralling to hear... The actors were elegant, graceful and delightfully modest, never appearing false or forced in their delivery.

Lola McEvoy - Darlington and Stockton Times


Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden give excellent performances....Ismay claimed he only did what anyone might have done under the same circumstances, we don't know how we would react in the same situation.This is a MUST SEE play, catch it when it comes to a theatre near you....a splendid performance.

Howard Nelson - Titanic Heritage Trust

Both actors fed off each others lines perfectly without any hesitation in their flawless dialogue. The back and forth questioning and answers provided to each other by these two excellent actors is "excellence personified". When "The Man Who Left The TITANIC" ended the audience leaped to their feet with an unending round of applause, still applauding as they departed. Should you have the opportunity to see this play, do not miss it. Outstanding, the entire audience were spellbound from scene one to the end.

Commander Bill Wilson

Member, Titanic International Society


To watch just two men exchanging dialogue over two acts on a near empty stage could easily be hard work for an audience but this play is anything but. It is captivating, moving and totally engrossing.

Titanic Stories, Belfast


The theme of this two-hander is survivor's guilt. Years after the sinking of the Titanic, the chairman of the White Star shipping visited by the ghost of the ship's architect, one of the drowned heroes of the disaster, well played by Dave Marsden.........The premise of the play is interesting. Well documented facts about the ship are trotted out and there are re-enactments of the official inquiry into the monumental tragedy........Pat Abernethy as Ismay is a man who thinks he is more sinned against than sinning. And perhaps this is the case.

Irish Examiner


In so far as it is a kind of courtroom drama, he and the writer give us a clear presentation of the case for the prosecution and the case for the defence. Pat Abernethy as Ismay characterises him with a sense of self-justification, anger, compassion and hurt while Dave Marsden gets to take the smarmier, unforgiving prosecutorial role sitting in judgement.

Evening Echo, Cork


The Man Who Left The Titanic is a powerful narative, brilliantly delivered. Absent are the bells, whistles and glamour of Hollywood, instead theatre goers are presented with the stark reality of loss, self doubt and human tragedy. In a magnificent performance by Abernethy and Marsden the occasional surfacing of arrogance, power and position is strongly balanced by the haunting regret of those who survived and lived.

Michael Martin, Author and Creator - Titanic Trail


As part of the Belfast Titanic Society's Convention in May 2011 The Man Who Left The Titanic was performed on a barge...The performance by both actors Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden was outstanding, bringing the characters to life; you could feel the emotion and almost put yourself in that ghostly room! Indeed the emotions were not only portrayed by the actors as I was reduced to tears at the end of the first act! I would highly recommend this play not just to Titanic enthusiasts, but to anyone with an interest in humanity and the effects of social class and media influences on the human soul.

Patricia Keigher, Addergoole Titanic Society

The performance on the Barge was amazing. Many have said to me that they now think differently about Ismay after seeing the play. You really
brought the characters alive. Well done again....I've told everyone to get tickets to see the play.
Una Reilly MBE - Co-Founder Belfast Titanic Society

I did enjoy the piece very much in Cork.
Patrick Talbot - FormerArtistic Director, Everyman Palace, Cork

I would have no hesitation recommending this play.

Clifford Ismay - Titanic Schools Project

Best show I've seen in this theatre.
Finlay Calder - Scottish and Lions Rugby International

I saw your show during our recent Arts Festival and very much enjoyed the play and the performers.

Roger Windsor MBE, Trustee Dumfries and Galloway Festival

Well done with your 'Man Who Left The Titanic' at the Antrim Courthouse last Monday night - a first class piece of work.
Terry Madill - Titanic Schools Project

For two actors to create so large a cast of characters in so small a place and to convey so many ideas was truly impressive.
Highgate Cemetery Newsletter

This play opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio, Guildford

February 2010 and has since played at the following veues;


Nuffield Theatre Studio, Southampton

Middlesbrough Theatre

The Stables Theatre, Hastings

Georgian Theatre, Richmond

Subcription Rooms, Stroud

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Cumbernauld Theatre

Haddington Festival

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Lockerbie Little Theatre

Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk

Yetholm Hall, Kelso

Everyman Palace, Cork

Belfast City Hall

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

Linenhall Library, Belfast

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

The Barge, Belfast (Titanic 100 Festival)

Market Place Theatre, Armagh

The Playhouse, Derry

Roe Valley Arts Center, Limavady

Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

The Old Courthouse, Antrim

The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey

Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen

Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown

Wimbledon Studio Theatre (2 weeks)

Kino Teatr, St Leonards On Sea

Brookside Theatre, Romford (2013, 2015)

The Ellen Terry Theatre, Kent

Helmsley Arts Centre, Yorkshire

St John's Chapel, Chichester

Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Cutty Sark, Greenwich

The Playhouse, Sleaford





It was fab! Saw it Tuesday night (Cork), I really enjoyed it.

We absolutely loved it, brilliant, gripping and perfect.

Wow! Just wanted to say thank you, far beyond brilliant - I so enjoyed it.

I have just returned from the Square Chapel with a friend. Not visiting theatres regularly, we didn't know what to expect. I can honestly say we were both captivated from start to finish. The use of dialogue, lighting and minimal props, really brought this fascinating part of hstory to life. The actors were true professionals and the emotions expressed were spot on. Thanks for a great evening.

I see 200 shows a year and this was pure magic! Congratulations.

It was such a good performance you gave at The Barn. Come again and soon. You add a touch of class that is much appreciated in the sticks.

Wonderful. I was so affected by this play. I will take it home with me.

A wonderful evening...enthralling and enlightening...Thank you both for bringing the tragedy of the Titanic to life on stage in this way.

That show was amazing, we'll definitely book to see your next one.

Thought it was absolutely brilliant, acting first class, script very well written.

Absolutely fantastic - would book to see it again without thinking about it. Well done guys!

Thanks for a great night, so interesting a subject and very well presented.

Great show.

My friend and I really enjoyed the play on Friday night. It was thought provoking, as usual, and had us gripped from start to finish. Thanks for great performances.

It was a lovely show, we both enjoyed it a lot.

I have had excellent feedback for 'Titanic'...Thank you for bringing your fabulous production to the Playhouse.

A real play - that's what I call proper theatre - congratulations!

Very impressed, thanks for the show. I learned some history as well, ie run of bad luck from start to finish for the ship. Very thought provoking in reference to work, blame culture and the 5 levels of failure, then denial, to catastrophe and hanging someone out to dry.

The Heron Arts Centre, Cumbria

The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

The Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Birchington Village Hall, Kent

Highgate Cemetery Chapel

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

Civic Theatre, Motherwell

East Kilbride Arts Centre

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Arts Guild Theatre, Greenock

Birchvale Theatre, Dalbeattie

Mill On The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet

Haddo House, Aberdeenshire

Boat of Garten

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Swallow Theatre, Whithorn

Bluecoat School Theatre, Coventry

Garage Theatre, Monaghan

Norbury Theatre, Droitwich

Ifield Barn, Crawley

Limelight Arts Centre, Aylesbury

Spotlight Theatre, Bridlington

Dragon Theatre, Barmouth

The Maltings Theatre, St Albans

Horsham Arts Centre

Phoenix Theatre, Bordon

Underground Theatre, Eastbourne

De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton

Square Chapel, Halifax

Netherstowe School Theatre

Eccleshall Theatre,Norfolk

Sheringham Little Theatre, Norfolk

Angles Theatre, Wisbech