"Sting: When The Last Ship Sails" will air Sunday, 22 December on BBC One at 10:55PM! Performing songs from his new album The Last Ship, the intimate live performance was recorded at a special fan club concert on October 2, 2013 at The Public Theater in New York. Inspired by his forthcoming play of the same name and drawing upon his memories of growing up in the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England, the music explores the complexity of relationships, family, community and the passage of time.
Sting is joined by several musicians, many of whom hail from the North East (Kathryn Tickell, Peter Tickell, Julian Sutton, and The Wilson Family), including actor and singer Jimmy Nail, who will also appear in the play "The Last Ship." The songs are influenced by local music traditions - from pub-like folk tunes to a wall of sound from the full band.
In between songs, Sting shares anecdotes with the audience about his hometown and the Swan Hunter Shipyard at the end of his street that has had a lasting impact on him. He also provides insight to the hopes and passions of characters in the songs, many inspired by the men and women of this tight-knit community who lived and worked in and around the shipyard. The performance is accompanied by visual projections of the North East.
"Sting: When The Last Ship Sails" is directed by Paul Bozymowski and executive produced by Kathryn Schenker and Joe Killian.
Those in the UK can watch again via the iPlayer on the BBC website.