Kessingland Players prepare for summer show with photo shoot on historic Lowestoft ship

The cast on board Excelsior. Picture: Kessingland Players.

The cast on board Excelsior. Picture: Kessingland Players.

The pirate crews of The Devils Pea and the Mermaids Garter have climbed aboard the historic Lowestoft ship, Excelsior.

Captain Throttle and Red Rum cross swords. Picture Kessingland Players.Captain Throttle and Red Rum cross swords. Picture Kessingland Players.

The ship’s bosun, Vinny, had no need to worry as he was not being hijacked, it was an organised photo shoot for the Kessingland Community Players for their summer show entitled the Pirates of Pen’s Aunts, written by Nigel Holmes.

Karen Delf, show director, had arranged for the cast to visit the Excelsior while the ship was in port to help publicise the show and also to get some publicity for the Excelsior Trust too.

After taking a few shots on deck, Vinny invited the crew below deck to explore the ship. The pirates were also given a brief history of the Excelsior.

The players enjoyed taking a break from their busy rehearsal schedule and made the most of the evening with a couple of the members ending up in the fountains for a fun sword fight.

The Kessingland Community Players will perform the Pirates of Pen’s Aunts at Kessingland Sports and Social Centre in Field Lane on Saturday, July 15 at 2.30pm and 7pm.

Tickets are available from Kessingland Methodist Church between 10an and noon on Tuesday mornings, The Sweet Retreat Tearooms in Kessingland and The Village Stores, Kessingland. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Refreshments will be available during the interval.

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