The Boatswain’s Mate

september, 2022

25sep4:00 pmThe Boatswain’s Mate


Event Details

Sunday 25th September 2022 at 4pm 

Doors open at 3.30pm

Tickets: £20.00 Under 18s £12

Tickets are available HERE

By phoning 01728 454022, or in person Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10-12pm at the AJH corner office.


“Fix a date for Dreamland Margate…” Summer 1953: peace reigns in Europe, and the waters of the English Channel are troubled only by holidaymakers. Young and old alike have flocked to Margate for summer loving and strolls on the promenade. But at a quiet pub set back from the seafront, the landlady has a nuisance on her hands. She’s confronted with a suitor who simply won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. And, when he comes up with a last-ditch plan to win her heart, our formidable heroine gives him more than he’d bargained for…

Written after a stint campaigning with the Suffragettes, Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera put female emancipation centre stage when it premiered a century ago. With rollicking humour, romantic yearning and a new arrangement for piano trio, Spectra Ensemble’s acclaimed revival brings this neglected gem to a new audience.


Cast (in order of appearance):
Mary Ann / Ensemble Mezzo – Beca Davies
Ensemble Tenor – Philippe Durrant
Mrs Waters – Josephine Goddard
Harry Benn – John Upperton
Ned Travers – Shaun Aquilina
Policeman / Ensemble Bass – Robert Winslade Anderson

Piano – John Warner
Violin – Emily Earl
Cello – Meera Priyanka Raja

Production team:
Director – Cecilia Stinton
Musical Director – John Warner
Set and Costume Designer – Ellie Roser
Lighting Designer – Catja Hamilton
Producer – Jessie Anand
Stage Manager – Alice Bishop


(Sunday) 4:00 pm


Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall