Titanic night to remember in Halifax

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As memorials go, it was one of the most unusual ever staged, let alone in Halifax.

While revellers queued to get into the town’s nightclubs, more than 1,000 people piled into the Victoria Theatre for their own night to remember.

And so it was that at 11.40pm on Saturday, the curtain went up on Halifax Amateur Operatic Society’s musical production of Titanic the Musical.

It coincided precisely with the moment 100 years ago when the largest floating man-made object in the world struck an iceberg, securing its place in history.

The society dedicated its show to the memory of those who perished that night and asked the audience to think how they might have reacted in such tragic circumstances.

From the moment musical director Graham Robbins lifted his baton until the curtain fell, the atmosphere in the packed house was electric.

It was the sixth performance of the week and it was as smooth and exhilarating as it was sad and poignant. The cast of more than 100, an accomplished orchestra and a ship that actually broke in two, painted a highly realistic picture of events before, during and after that fateful voyage.

There was rapturous applause throughout and a standing ovation when the curtain came down at 2.20am, the moment that ship disappeared beneath the waves, claiming the live of 1,500 mainly working- class souls.

There was a collection for the RNLI and operatic society chairman Geoff Cowgill said the show had made a respectable profit.

As the audience flooded out of the theatre, partygoers still trailing between the pubs and clubs were suddenly overwhelmed by a huge wave of more sober nightowls, satisfied in the knowledge they had helped to create a little bit of history, the likes of which will never be repeated.