The Great Thames Disaster

Ideas Test are delighted to be supporting dance company Daisy Farris Dance Collective uncover a piece of seldom known history.

The Great Thames Disaster is a dance performance set around the sinking of The SS Princess Alice.

The passenger paddle steamer was sunk in a collision on the River Thames in 1878, with the loss of over 650 lives. It the greatest loss of life in any Thames shipping disaster, and caused the collapse of the Sheppey tourism industry at that time.

Swale audiences can see 2 performances of this thought-provoking piece at The Criterion Blue Town in Sheerness on Saturday 7th July at 2pm & 4pm.

The Great Thames Disaster had it’s premiere at Chatham Dockyard, with other performances in Gravesend, and Barking, visiting festivals and some unconventional performance venues!

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Daisy Farris Dance Collective (DFDC) are working together with visual artist Nicola Flower as well as composer Portia Graves.

As part of the project DFDC are also working with young people in Gravesend, Barking and Isle of Sheppey to involve them in the performances in their local area.

The project is funded by Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts, Kent County Council’s Combined Members Grants, Gravesham Borough Council, Medway Council, Riverfront Festival and Ideas Test.


DFDC have also have some fantastic parters on board, including: LV21, Thames Festival Trust, Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, Sheppey Promenade Festival and Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust.


About Daisy Farris Dance Collective

DAISY FARRIS DANCE COLLECTIVE brings together an exciting team of artists, creating work which holds collaboration at its heart.

Daisy Farris completed her BPA (Hons) at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. In 2012, Daisy joined Transitions Dance Company and achieved an MA in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In 2013, she established Daisy Farris Dance Collective and began creating work for the stage.