The Boatswain's Mate

‘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.

Arcola Theatre
30 July - 1 August 2018

Creative Team

Cecilia Stinton - Director
John Warner - Musical Director
Christianna Mason - Set and Costume Designer
Ali Hunter - Lighting Designer
Jessie Anand - Producer
Isabella Hubbard - Marketing Assistant
Ruth Spencer Jolly - Graphic Designer
Peter Treherne - Trailer Designer
Inés Cufflin - Stage Manager


Mrs Waters - Hilary Cronin
Harry Benn - John Upperton
Ned Travers - Shaun Aquilina
Policeman / Ensemble - Christopher Foster
Mary-Ann / Ensemble - Lily Evangeline Scott
Ensemble - Michael Lam