A musical drama based on Horatio Nelson's life from 1793
until his death at The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
by Les Emmans
This short musical tells the story of Horatio Nelson's major exploits
from his departure to join the Mediterranian fleet in 1793 until his death
at Trafalgar in 1805. The story is narrated by a ship's officer's wife
(fictitious) who reads from his "diary" and is illustrated with
short acted scenes portraying life on shore and on board Nelson's ships.
Traditional and period songs augmented by a few new songs in period style
are used to create atmosphere. Characters portrayed include Nelson , his
wife Fanny, mistress Emma Hamilton and friend Lord Hamilton, together with
some colourful characters including the Bo'son, his mate, sailors, ladies
of the court at Naples and some lively Italian and English wenches at dock-based
Care has been taken to make the play as true as possible to actual events,
but the constraints of portraying a very complicated story in a short drama
have inevitably led to some "poetic licence".
This work has been written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the
Battle of Trafalgar.
The writer is a Norfolk man, and also like Nelson, is "proud on at",
also pleased to honour a much admired man.
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