A sturdy 19th century frigate battles the storm as its salt-soaked crew steer it through the streets, desperately seeking refuge from the furious wind and waves. The captain bellows orders as the crew struggle with the sails and the figurehead wails with fear from beneath the bowsprit.
A crinolined passenger, clambers up from below decks as she labours to control her seasickness. The storm rages.
Eventually, just as all seems lost, the figurehead spots land and gratefully the ship limps into the safety of the harbour. As the sails are dropped and the ship docks, the figurehead begins to sing an aria so sweet that an albatross climbs the rigging and soars high above the deck in an aerial dance to accompany the operatic figurehead. The ship and crew are saved.
The Storm Ship is a steel framed theatrical frigate on wheels with three masts, full sails and masterfully engineered steering. The ship is rigged and engineered for aerial acrobatics in the masts.
Circo Rum Ba Ba can present two different types of shows with The Storm Ship.
1. Circo Rum Ba Ba present a static show on board the ship then two of the performers disembark and pull the ship around the streets until refuge is reached and the opera and aerial show begin. This is a 40-minute performance with 4 performers.
2. Circo Rum Ba Ba can engage prior to the event with a community group (such as scouts, local sea shanty choir or drumming group) who, at the event, pull the ship through the streets until the point of refuge where the opera and aerial show take place. The ship is designed so that it is easily pulled by two or three people so that the effort required is minimal. The community group is for theatrical and local engagement purposes, not horsepower.
The length of this performance is dependent on the length of the journey through the streets, with a ten minute start show and a ten minute opera and aerial show as a finale.