Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Mary's Boys (musical theatre)

You might remember back in July, I blogged an appeal from The Haven Players for men to audition for their production of a new musical play, Mary's Boys? Well, now it's nearly time to see how all their hard work has paid off.

Directed by Michael Bale, Mary's Boys was written by Darren Vallier, Michelle Pollard and Gaynor Newnham. The casting involved the ambitious target of finding seventeen men to play a lifeboat crew. I'm sure anyone connected with amateur theatre will appreciate the efforts needed to find that many men! There is also at least one woman: Emma Pierssene (The History Boys, Everything Between Us). The songs are available to listen to through iTunes.

The Mary Stanford Lifeboat sailed out of Rye Harbour in November 1928 in what was then the worst storm in living memory, to save the crew of a Latvian steamer. The boat took three attempts to launch, with the help of the whole village, not realising that the boat they were trying to save had already been rescued. They needn't have gone and the entire crew of 17 men died.

Eastbourne College Theatre, Thu 24th to Sat 26th Oct, 19:30.
Sat matinee, 14:30.
Tickets £10.50 adults, £8.50 students, available online or by calling 01323 767816.