Athens.- By Gillian Whittaker Athens
Having fun for a good cause is something that everyone can take pleasure in — and so it was a privilege that TradeWinds got the chance to be at a recent amateur theatre production in Athens that had a strong shipping flavour.
Theatre Group 08, which is made up of business people, artists and others, staged a five-day run of a comedy called “The Countess of the Factory”. The play, first put on in 1966, is a labyrinthine tale involving a romance between a rich girl and a poor boy, mistaken identities and muddled mischief.
Among the shipping names that caught the eye in the cast list were Ninetta Vafia, the wife of Vafias Group boss Nicholas Vafias. She played the elder sister of the romantic heroine, whose own indiscretions were the starting point for the whole adventure.
Among the factory girls involved in the plot, we see a well-disguised Olga Bornozi — the vice-president of Capital Link.
Completing the trio of on-stage shipping personalities was Nicholas Frangistas, who really put his singing talents to good work.
But there was also strong audience support from industry figures. George Gabriel of Golden Union was on hand with his wife, as were Vafias, Andreas Tsavliris and his wife, Calypso Nomikos of AM Nomikos and Marina Martinou, the wife of Eastern Mediterranean Maritime managing director Thanassis Martinos.
The shipping turn-out was just as solid on other evenings, with Nikolaos Tsakos and his fashion designer wife, Celia Kritharioti, said to have attended the premiere, as did Petrofin’s Ted Petropoulos and his wife.
The performances were all sold out even before the curtain went up for the first show.
Proceeds will go principally to children’s charities and to help support schools in the far-flung regions of Greece.