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Dramatic Society on Tour

Naples, Latina and Rome

'Return to the Forbidden Planet' on tour

For the third consecutive year we were invited by the Associazione Culturale " Romeo Collalti " to take part in their annual youth drama festival in Rome.

From the Quirino gallery

Verity and PaulThis year we presented Bob Carlton's Return to the Forbidden Planet (Shakespeare's forgotten rock'n'roll masterpiece) at Rome's Teatro Quirino as well as at three other venues.

Once again board and lodging were provided by the Associazione at the Foro Italico youth hostel, where we also gave an evening performance of the show in the locker room (too wet to perform in the garden this year). Conditions were rather cramped but a lively international youth hostel audience dancing in the aisles made the show great fun. Performance at the youth hostel

Dr Massimo Collalti, the president of the Associazione, and about forty dignitaries from the Italian Youth Hostel Association and the Regional Tourist Board attended a special meal held at the hostel before the performance.

Dr Collalti and Mr Lewton

After the show he announced we were the winners of the festival and presented us with the certificate of victory.Group with award

Nick on drumsWe again visited the Convitto Nazionale School in the centre of Naples with the show. The students were a lively and appreciative audience and, as last year, the kindness we were shown by everyone we met during our two days in Naples was overwhelming.

Dan, Craig & LawrenceSpecial thanks to Prof. Racioppi, Sandy, Pasquale and the other educatori and the school nurse (one of our stage managers had a little problem) for making our visit possible.

Verity and Paul

The final venue in the tour was the Teatro Ridotto di Latina. The audience here consisted of students from the Liceo Scientifico "G.B.Grassi" in Latina. They responded enthusiastically to the show and invaded the stage after the performance demanding autographs.Teatro Ridotto - Latina


The students then invited us back to their school where they had prepared a delicious buffet lunch. This was followed by a tour of the school, volleyball and conversation. Both English and Italian students were eager to make friends and much exchanging of addresses (postal and e-mail) took place.
Buffet at Latina
G.B. Grassi stage
David & friendsOn the following day students and teachers from the school took us on a coach tour of the Latina region. We visited Sermoneta, Fossanova and San Felice Circeo. Lunch was again a highlight, this time at a restaurant owned by the parents of one of the students.

Paul and Dan

The visit was, we hope, one of the first of many exchanges between Latina and the Wirral now that the two regions are officially twinned. Special thanks to Rita Ippoliti and Patrizia Tufo for organising everything and greeting us so warmly, to the students for giving up so much of their time to make us welcome and to Nunzia Bertali, Italian Consul in Birkenhead for making all the arrangements for our visit.Dan & friends

CraigThanks must also go to Matthews Auto Body Repair Centre for their generosity in sponsoring our trip, to Paul Shepherd and other members of the cast for their fund-raising efforts and to Dan, Stewart and Martin of Off The Ground Productions who again transported all our props and musical instruments to Italy and stage managed the show while there.


Group - Campidoglio

The team . . .

Captain TempestPaul Shepherd
Science OfficerVerity Parker
Doctor ProsperoPaul Harrison
MirandaClaire Harris
CookieRichard Kelsey
ArielGreg Colton
Navigation OfficerDaniel Price
CrewDaniel Hughes
Jon Culligan
Laurence Matthews
Craig Leyland
David Williams
MusiciansTim Ruddell
Nick Roach
Peter Ennion
John Tysoe
Chris Mainey
Carl Billington
Matthew Stanbury
Musical Director Mary Chaffé
Stage ManagementDan Meigh
Stewart Jones
Martin Scorer
SoundAnt Cliffe
Dan Meigh
Lighting & EffectsBrian Thompson
Stewart Jones
Scenery & ArtworkRoger McCoy
Keith Hill
Tim Sinnott
Pam Yates
CostumesPat Eccleson
Sandra Jones
DirectorRandall Lewton

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