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.