on Gilbert & Sullivan is playing at
The Old Fire Station Theatre on
Saturday September 13.
have to admit to a certain passion for the works of Gilbert and
were masters of their respective arts and have influenced the development
of music theatre over the past 130 years.
cast get fruity during Carry on Gilbert & Sullivan.
it was with a certain trepidation that I approached this production
by Opera Anywhere. Taking the unusual step of showing a series of
auditions leading to a dress rehearsal of an unknown Gilbert and
performance was a welcome mixture of popular pieces from the Savoy
the performers were enjoying themselves throughout the evening.
It was a chance to let their hair down and sing some great pieces
However, at times, the plot was not so much thin as self-contradicting.
this did not seem to mar the audience's appreciation of the show.
were a number of very strong voices in evidence. Julie Ketch (a
veritable Hyacinth Bucket in the making) gave a sparkling rendition
of 'Poor Wandering One'. I
enjoyed the lyric tenor of David Naylor-Gray. Special mention must
also be made of Valerie Watt who combined a strong stage presence
with a commanding vocal performance.
times the lyrics were altered to help fit the plot - often to great
this was not done consistently throughout the evening and certain
numbers fell slightly flat as a result.
must go to Peter Cowdrey who, as Musical Director, was a marvel
on the keyboard. He kept the evening going with pace and wit.