Since 1933, Denmead Operatic Society has been performing all manner of productions. From the serious stuff to slapstick: Gilbert & Sullivan to panto and ’Allo ’Allo. Never before, though, has it tried anything so expensive, so expansive, so ambitious.
The cast of 45 tell the story of the ill-fated launch of the Titanic, its first – and last – journey, 100 years after its sinking.
This is no Kate Winslet whimsy. This is the warts-and-all story of class distinction, and of one man’s ambition of owning the fastest, most luxurious liner the world had ever seen.
The increasingly-strained relationship between Captain EJ Smith (Will Donnelly), ship owner Joseph Ismay (Kerry Applin) and designer Thomas Andrews (Ian Clark) is the dominant factor, and all three actors rise superbly to the challenge.
For Clark, who also directs, the production is a major triumph.
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