Smack Boys (2019)

21-28 July, 2019 | Sailor’s Church, Military Road, Ramsgate

Smack Boys (2019) pays homage to the smack boys of Ramsgate. The smack boys were child apprentices of the fishing smacks, some aged as young as ten years old. The smack boys were as young as ten years old, and when ashore they lived and rested above the Sailor’s Church, and later in the Home for Smack Boys next door. Smack Boys brings the smack boys back to life through sound, voices, games and song, situated within a larger choral work. It is experienced through 11 speakers in and around the Sailor’s Church and creates the sense of a time we know little about in living memory; a soothing lullaby to the Smack Boys of Ramsgate. Download the e-Flayer here: Smack Boys E-Flyer




Exhibition details


Sunday 21: 12-12.30pm, 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm, 3-3.30pm
Monday 22: 12-4pm
Tuesday 23: 12-4pm
Wednesday 24th: 12-4pm
Thursday 25th: 12-3pm
Friday 26th: 12-4pm
Saturday 27th: 12-4pm
Sunday 28th: 12-4pm


Sailors’ Church and Former Sailors’ Home, Military Rd, Ramsgate CT11 9LG


Smack Boys is commissioned by Ramsgate Festival and features as part of the Sonic Trail in Ramsgate Festival of Sound. To download the full programme, click here.

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