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Hello Sailor – officially fantabulosa!

25 August 2006 by Sam

Roleplayer Jay with Jo Stanley

The Hello Sailor! exhibition was officially opened in style yesterday evening. Guests enjoyed the first performance of ‘Nothing’s queer once you have left that pier’. This solo show stars Dennis, a dining room steward by day, and flamboyant star of the crew’s musical shows by night, who gives an entertaining account of life on a cruise liner in the 1960s.

Roleplayer Jay, who plays Dennis, was moved when a former seafarer told him that his performance perfectly captured the shows he remembered from the ships he worked on during the 1960s. He is pictured with Jo Stanley, co-curator of the exhibition and joint author of the book that inspired it. 

Visitors can see Jay’s shows repeated on Saturday and Sunday, plus a Shirley Bassey tribute act on Monday afternoon, as part of a weekend of fabulous opening events. See the What’s On pages for further details.

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