An Afternoon With Celia Imrie and Fidelis Morgan
Join Olivier Award-winning actress and bestselling author, Celia Imrie, as she celebrates the publication of her new book Orphans of the Storm with the book’s researcher, fellow actress, author, director, Fidelis Morgan. The novel follows the story of a mother’s quest to find her children against all odds, set against the epic backdrop of the sinking of the legendary Titanic.
Beginning in Nice 1911, Marcella Caretto, strives to protect her children from her husband, Michael Navratil, who has become cruel and controlling since their whirlwind romance. Marcella determines to get a divorce, but Navratil has made a devastating plan of his own.
Meanwhile, New York socialite Margaret Hays is touring Europe with some friends. Restless, she resolves to head home aboard the most celebrated steamer in the world – RMS Titanic.
Celia and Fidelis first formed friendship during a 1975 production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler when Fidelis was cast as Glenda Jackson’s understudy and was greeted by a cheery Assistant Stage Manager, Celia. When the production went on a world tour, the two young friends set off around the globe, meeting the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Davis, Don McLean, Bea Arthur, Greer Garson, George Segal, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and Barbara Stanwyck. Fidelis and Celia have been friends ever since and have continued to work together intermittently throughout their lives.
In conversation for this virtual event, Celia and Fidelis will explore the inspiration behind the novel, which is based upon the true story of the Titanic Waifs. Celia and Fidelis both share a love of Nice, where Celia lives, and both have strong naval connections in their family history. Together, they’ll also consider their respective writing and research processes, and what it was like to collaborate on the book together.
Don’t miss this enchanting and enlightening afternoon.