Ephemera

Izmir 1960s Levantine theatre photos

Starting in 2008 and continuing till today the Levantines have organised and performed yearly comedy theatre shows whose profits go to a variety of local charities. This tradition continues in a community where amateur dramatics have had a history going back almost as long as the community existed. During the 1960s an earlier generation performed for the community in French and the players included Guido Aliotti, Jean (Seads) Aliotti, Lucien Arkas, Alain Caporal, Pierre Caporal, Roger Caporal, Febo de Andria, Gilbert Epik, Reginald Gallia, May (Johnson) Gallia, Lorraine (Icard) Lochner, Geoffrey Maltass, Marie Louise (De Cramer) Peartree, Kathleen (Giraud) Pennetti, Enzo Sponza, Max Steinbuchel, Susan Whittall etc. The following images is intended to keep their memory alive and help in additional information being recorded through this sharing.

The gentleman with the hat Claude Caporal, lady behind him Mme Kokini.

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Reginald Gallia.

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Claude Roels Besimzade with Reginald Galia.

Claude Roels Besimzade with Reginald Galia.

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This photo is perhaps older (1950s?) of the English speaking ‘Play Reading Group’ performed at St John’s Church Hall, with Douglas Whittall (born 1909, married Susan Gout 1937) in the extreme right, third from right: Arthur Smith (married Emily née Tius), tall woman in the middle: Susan Whittall (wife of Douglas, born 1914).

Face namings courtesy of Marina Corsini, Lilian Epik, 2018 - information and posters from the more recent Levantine theatre performances.