Tribute to passionate Kings Theatre supporter Sean

MUCH-MISSED Kings Theatre supporter Sean Bowman
MUCH-MISSED Kings Theatre supporter Sean Bowman
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
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A NIGHT of fabulous music and film is being put on in tribute to a great theatre supporter.

Sean Bowman was the Kings Theatre’s very first education and heritage director and had a great passion for the Edwardian theatre.

He died earlier this year, just before he managed to complete a book he was working on about the history of the Albert Road playhouse.

Now his friends from the Kings are putting on a show in memory of him and they hope to raise enough money to have the book published.

Portsmouth Players, the drama group Mr Bowman was involved with for many years, will present a medley of West End show stoppers featuring timeless classics such as On My Own, from Les Miserables, and one of Mr Bowman’s own compositions, Father of Creation.

That will be followed by the Oscar winning film Nicholas and Alexandra, about Tsar Nicholas II.

Sandra Smith, from the theatre, said: ‘I know people always say it, but Sean really was the nicest person. He was a person you could always fall back on if you needed to know anything. If you needed help he was always there.

‘We want to celebrate him. I miss him so much, particularly when it comes to the pantomime.

‘He was good with helping out with the costumes. ‘He was also writing a book and that is another part of the evening. We want to raise some money so that we can get the book published.

‘He would have loved that.’

Mr Bowman was a teacher at St Edmund’s Catholic School, in Landport, for many years.

The 69-year-old died in May, although his friends do not know what caused it.

Mrs Smith said he had been unwell for some time but his death was very sudden.

She added: ‘It came totally out of the blue. Everything we chose for the tribute night are things that he would appreciate. I know he will be up there looking down upon us.’

The event is at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 but £3 if you quote Sean. Go to kings-southsea.com or call (023) 9282 8282.