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30 July– 1 August

Spectra Ensemble

The Boatswain’s Mate

Directed by Cecilia Stinton

Music: Ethel Smyth   |  Words: Ethel Smyth

‘Fix a date for Dreamland Margate…’

June 1953: peace reigns in Europe, and the waters of the English Channel are troubled only by excitable holidaymakers as Britain celebrates the coronation of its new Queen. Young and old alike have flocked to Margate for summer loving, healthy air 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. When he comes up with a last-ditch plan to win her heart, our formidable heroine gives him more than he’d bargained for…

A hundred years since women were first given the right to vote, Spectra Ensemble presents a rare revival of this 1914 opera by Suffragette composer Ethel Smyth, complete with all the quintessential sounds and sights of British summertime.


Live music (piano, cello, violin), performed in English


Shaun Aquilina

Ned Travers

Hilary Cronin

Mrs Waters

Christopher Foster

Policeman / Ensemble

Lily Scott

Mary-Ann / Ensemble

John Upperton

Harry Benn

Michael TK Lam



Ethel Smyth


Ethel Smyth


Cecilia Stinton

Music Director

John Warner

Set and Costume Design

Christianna Mason

Lighting Design

Ali Hunter


Jessie Anand

Stage Manager

Inés Cufflin
Best £20
Standard £18
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Concessions (apply to Standard and Value seats):
26 and under / Student - 20% off
Over 65s - 20% off
Unemployment Benefits - 20% off
Disabled - 20% off, or free companion ticket (call 020 7503 1646)
Theatre Union Members - 10% off
School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12, one free teacher per 10 students
Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

Running time: 80 minutes approximately .

Press enquiries: Kevin Wilson —

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020 7503 1646

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