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Sorcery at sea




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All photos are by Ireno Guerci

A musical made in Auroville

Taking place at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas

22 & 23 of March 2013

Written by Paul
Music by Paul and Matt
Musical Arrangement by Matt
Song Lyrics by Paul and Clare

Director: Paul
Co-director: Jesse
Choreography: Jesse
Logistics: Clare, Pala, Mukta, Swaha
Set: Nele, Shona, Matthieu, Grazi, Ipsita, Ishita, Mirco,
Samya, Andy
Carpenters: Adhi, Prakash, Raji, Elumalai, Suresh, Ayenar,
Babu, Silambu
Costumes Design: Jyotis
Costumes and Props: Mukta, Gabi, Angela
Musicians: Matthew - Piano, Holger - Violin, Yun Sung - Flute,
Suresh - Percussion, Sagar - Accordion, Nuria - keyboards
Sound: Ruben
Lights: Jean, Mahi, Smiti, Kumaran, Shristhi
Acting Coaching: Norman
Singing Direction: Nuria
Musical Assistant: Swaha
Stunt Coordinator: Glenn
Make-up: Swaha, Maa, Victoria, Julie

Filming: Doris, Francis
Photography: Ireno
Poster Design and Graphics: Sabrina
Food Donations: Tanto, Naturellement, Tamarind Bakery, Kalya, Auroville bakery, Foodlink
Special Thanks to Jean-Christophe and the team at Cripa
Funded by SAIIER and PCG










         Cast in Order of Appearance

    • Captain Jacob – Jesse                         
    • Margaret Elsewood – Kripa
    • Joseph Elsewood – Francis                
    • Old Dog John – Otto                           
    • Bar man – Andre                 
    • Sea Gypsy – Veronique
    • Billy Lynchpin – Amara
    • Chaucer – Krishna
    • Ishmael – Marco
    • Lieutenant Stone – Suresh
    • Dr Weatherby – Charu
    • Simon – Marissa
    • Squirrel – Tara
    • Harry Raggins – Aloe
    • Mercer – Lyle
    • The survivor – Masha
    • Lady in waiting (Sarah) - Clare
    • Jezebel – Jana
    • Boots – Zea
    • Delilah – Masha
    • The young captain – Yam
    • The young Margaret – Victoria
    • The young doctor – Chandni
    • The young lieutenant – Dinesh
    • Lizzy – Bobby
    • Rangadoo – Johnny
    • Frilly – Pragnya
    • Stop’er – Uttara
    • Knickers – Chandra
    • Junior – Noemie
    • Frenchie – Manisa



      1. Paulien
      2. Afsaneh
      3. Elke
      4. Anandamayi
      5. Veerle
      6. Natacha
      7. Veronique

      Ship’s Crew:

      1. Zohar
      2. Tenzin
      3. Kilan
      4. Jalin
      5. Sauman
      6. Adhiban
      7. Sannaan
      8. Paul



        • Swaha
        • Auroshree
        • Cameron
        • Ahilya
        • Janchup
        • Devashree
        • Sandhya
        • Anusha







Seven years ago in a storm at sea, a ship went down and all hands were lost except for two lovers. Margaret Elsewood was washed overboard by a wave, and Captain Jacob followed her in a boat in a desperate attempt to save his true love. It was presumed that she had drowned, and that Captain Jacob was the only survivor.
Margaret’s father was the owner of the ship and when he heard about his daughter’s fate, his heart was broken. When Captain Jacob arrived at Joseph Elsewood’s house and begged for forgiveness, Joseph cast him out, ordering him to never show his face again.
Meanwhile, Margaret had washed ashore where she was nursed back to health by gentle fisherfolk. Gradually her memory returned and she longed to know the fate of the ship and Jacob. With the help of her saviours, she made her way home.
Joseph Elsewood was filled with joy at his daughter’s return; however, he was devastated to discover that she was scarred by the storm and had vowed to wear a veil to hide her disfigured face. When Margaret enquired, her father told her that nobody had survived and in his anger Joseph lied, saying that the captain was dead. With this news, Margaret lost her last chance of happiness, for who apart from Jacob would love her with her injury?
Years passed by, and as Joseph lay on his deathbed, he wrote his beloved daughter a letter in which he repented his lie. Hope returned to Margaret’s heart when she learned that her love was alive. She vowed to find him, come what may. And so, using her inherited wealth, she searched for Captain Jacob. She discovered him in a distant port where he captained a new ship and the rumours said he had become a bitter man, having never recovered from his loss.
She became the owner of the ship and installed her uncle as the ship’s doctor to learn more about the captain; eventually she decided to travel on the ship, disguised beneath her veil, to see for herself. And this is where our story begins…









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