Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

Posted by Admin on 16 July 2011, 12:00 am


at Trinity Theatre, Cowes. Box Office – Tel: 01983 295229.


The time is 1900 – the scene is the seaside resort of Folkestone in the South of England.

Half A Sixpence opens on a spring morning in Shalford's Drapery Emporium where young Arthur Kipps, an orphan, works and lives as an apprentice draper. He and his three fellow apprentices are constantly hustled and bullied by Shalford the owner.

Ann, Kipps' childhood sweetheart is in domestic service and they don't get much chance to see each other.  Kipps, feeling a lover's token might help the romance, produces two halves of a sixpence – Half A Sixpence.

However Kipps finds himself suddenly falling in love with the cultured aristocrat Helen Walsingham. His new romance is helped when he learns that he has inherited a fortune.

Kipps is haunted by the fear that Helen is too good for him.  Kipps proposes and Helen accepts. Yet, as time goes on, he realises he is not really at ease in her world – a world of pretensions and snobbery. They quarrel as he rushes off to find Ann, his first and true love. Ann agrees to marry him and confesses that she has loved him ever since they were children.

The musical is vibrant, bursting with energy. Come along and enjoy the story made famous in the 1967 British musical film starring Tommy Steele and featuring songs like Flash, Bang. Wallop and many others.

Performances run from Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th July at 7.30pm at Trinity Theatre, Cowes. Tickets £6 & £7, 3 for 2 on first night Book online now at

or at Theatre Box Office open daily (except Sundays) Midday to 2pm from Friday 8th July. Telephone 01983 295229.

New Members are always Welcome

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