Dramatic Society on Tour

Naples, Gaeta and Rome

Once again we were invited by the Associazione Culturale " Romeo Collalti " to take part in their annual youth drama festival in Rome.

Let me take you on a sea cruise

May I hold your hand ?   Arrangements are made through Signora Nunzia Bertali, Italian Consul in Birkenhead, who, every year, manages to add a new and interesting dimension to the trip.

This year we presented a musical version of Herman Melville's Moby Dick at Rome's Teatro Quirino as well as at two other venues.
Shakin' All Over

The audience at Teatro Quirino was bigger and more enthusiastic than ever. Dr Massimo Collalti, the president of the Associazione, greeted us warmly, pronounced the show 'splendid' and invited us back for the 2001 festival. Starbuck

I Saw The Light

Father Mapple

Many thanks to the backstage staff at Teatro Quirino who are always so helpful when we have to set up in a very short time. You can't judge a book by the cover

Fans For the third time we took the show to the Convitto Nazionale School in the centre of Naples. As usual, our performers were mobbed for autographs and each evening the England - Italy football international took place with one victory for each country.

More fans We are very grateful to Sandy, Prof. Racioppi, Pasquale and the other educatori and staff at the Convitto for inviting us and for making all the arrangements.

The new venue this year was Gaeta, a beautiful town on the coast between Naples and Rome. We were the guests of the Liceo Scientifico "Enrico Fermi".  

We performed the show at Teatro Ariston to a lively audience of students from the school and afterwards they accompanied us on the short walk to the beach.   Teatro Ariston

Tom drowns

Later on we were stunned to find that a huge party had been arranged with food and music. It took place at a yacht club, beautifully located overlooking the bay. Italian and English students quickly made friends and many interesting dancing styles were in evidence. Afterwards we were ferried back to the highly recommended Hotel Ariston in Formia, whose owners had been persuaded to put us up at youth hostel prices.  
The Band
Stephen on drums
  The following morning some students took us on a brief tour of the sights of Gaeta before we had to say goodbye to catch the train to Rome for our flight home. We were all overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome in Gaeta and by the kindness and generosity of everyone we met there.

The worm


Oo ee Thanks must also go to MSF Auto of Ellesmere Port for their generosity in sponsoring our trip, to the Parents' Association and members of the cast for their fund-raising efforts and to Dan, Stewart and Matt of Off The Ground Touring Theatre Company who again transported all our props and musical instruments to Italy and stage managed the show while there.

Hot Love

Going Down

The team . . .

Captain AhabEric Blakemore
IshmaelMichael Hayes
AmyCaroline Dhenin
ArchyPhilip Walker
PipDan Hughes
QueequegMichael Durkin
StarbuckAndrew Balmforth
ElijahHuw Bebb
TashtegoPeter Kirwan
Mrs HusseyEmma Humphreys
Father MappleEric Blakemore
FlaskHuw Bebb
Stinky, the sealJames Conlon
DaggooTom Risely
SeraphinaEmma Humphreys
Dough BoyJames Conlon
MusiciansStephen Barrow
Jack Patterson
Adam Duncan
Peter Kirwan
Musical Director Mary Chaffé
ChoreographerDan Meigh
Costume & Make-upAlison Gatenby
Stage ManagementDan Meigh
Stewart Jones
Matthew Bartlett
SoundDan Meigh
PropsRoger McCoy
Alison Gatenby
DirectorRandall Lewton