The Line: Register Your Interest

01 July, 2019 - 31 August, 2019

Touring July and August! Staged in a Ford Transit Van near you

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

A Nuffield Southampton Theatres Production in association with Up in Arms supported by Padmini Broomfield and Now Heritage CIC

The Line

Touring Jul & Aug 

Curated by Barney Norris

Director Alice Hamilton

Recommended age: 14+


Everyone in Southampton knows someone who worked at Ford.

In Swaythling, there stood a factory. Built in 1939 to assemble aircraft parts, it switched to producing parts for Spitfires during the second World War. In 1953, it was taken over by Ford.

Half a century later, Ford moved production of all passenger cars out of the UK, leaving Southampton’s plant as the only British factory. It made the Transit, the iconic white van.

In 2009, Ford moved production to a new plant in Turkey, reducing the workforce to 500. In 2013, the factory closed down completely. Take a seat inside our van and listen to this brand new audio play curated by Barney Norris.

Based on real-life accounts by former Ford employees who recall a place which, through all its highs and lows, was always at the heart of its community. 


Barney Norris


Alice Hamilton


Tickets for this production are free. Register your interest to find out more information