2017 – The Gondoliers

Gondoliers Poster (2017)

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Director – Claire Camble-Hutchins
Musical Director – Helen Brind
The Duke of Plaza-Toro – Ian Metcalfe
Luiz – David Robinson
Don Alhambra del Bolero – Mike Griffiths
Marco Palmieri – Adam Davis
Giuseppe Palmieri – Henry Halewood
Antonio – Tony Broomfield
Annibale – Patrick D’Ardenne
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro – Amanda King
Casilda (her daughter) – Eleanor Riley
Gianetta – Mehreen Shah
Tessa – Amy McIntosh
Fiametta – Tanya Lerchenborg
Vittoria – Lucy Holt
Giulia – Sharon White
Inez (The King’s Foster Mother) – Gill Linford
Gondoliers, Contadine and Citizens:
Wendy Costigan, Patrick D’Ardenne, Linda Dry, Ruth Flower, Mike Fuller, Roz Golbey, Martha Jenkins, Adrian Lane,
Gill Linford, John Newth, Roderick Parsons, Roy Perrins, Kimberley Rowland, Christine Skidmore, Liz Sutherland,
Ann Terry

Sceneoneplus review excerpts from the review by K D Johnson

“Stylish projected sequences onto hanging boards during the overture tell some of the back story of the principals, showing the infant Casilda growing up in Spain and the infant prince growing up in Venice and then the adult Casilda and her parents journeying overseas to Venice. The projections onto these boards throughout the show are something that D’Oyly Carte couldn’t even have dreamed of, but it is one of the many excellent modernisations of this show”………..

…….. “It seems traditional, certainly with this society, to insert some modern references and humour into Gilbert’s libretto, so we chuckle at the implication that the Spanish Inquisitor is so well informed because ‘he follows it all on Twitter’, or that Marco and Giuseppe have no-one to ‘like their Facebook posts’ – good stuff!

The costumes and wigs are colourful and extravagant, the effects and staging are stylish, the orchestra are superb, the singing is excellent, the choreography is delightful, the sound quality is flawless. I am running out of superlatives.“

See the full review here: http://sceneoneplus.com/the-gondoliers/

2016 – The Mikado

Mikado Poster (2016)

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Director – Claire Camble-Hutchins
Musical Director – Keziah Jacombs
The Mikado of Japan – Michael Griffiths
Nanki-Poo – Adam Davis
Ko-Ko – Ian Metcalfe
Pooh-Bah – Robin Lavies
Pish – Tony Broomfield
Tush – Patrick D’Ardenne
Yum-Yum – Mehreen Shah
Pitti-Sing – Camilla Foster Mitchell
Peep-Bo – Amy McIntosh
Katisha – Amanda King
Chorus of School-Girls, Nobles and Guards:
Fiona Aucott, Stephen Batten, Wendy Costigan, Linda Dry,
Roz Golbey, Chris Heaslip, Adrian Lane, Tanya Lerchenborg,
Gill Linford, Jantina Mulder, John Newth, Roy Perrins, Eleanor Riley,
David Robinson, James Rosser, Kimberley Rowland,
Christine Skidmore, Liz Sutherland, Ann Terry, Alan Wilson
and Neil Winkley

NODA Review

“…This was a very enjoyable production with a superb orchestra, excellent chorus singing and top class leading performers, largely following a traditional style with simple and very effective choreography. Thecostumes were excellent…”

Scenoneplus review excerpts from the review by Linda Kirkman

“….the company is so lucky to have several young principals who, because of their youth, make their roles seem so right. Adam Davis (Nanki-Poo), Mehreen Shah (Yum-Yum), Camilla Foster Mitchell (Pitti-Sing) and Amy McIntosh (Peep-Bo) are all utterly believable, singing and acting exceptionally well….

….Ian Metcalfe is no stranger to playing Ko-Ko either, and he comes close to stealing the show with a superb performance in which, as tradition demands, his Little List includes recent headlines including, of course, Brexit and Donald Trump. He is well complemented by Amanda King’s outstanding Katisha, and the two of them really are a match made in heaven, not least during the moving and beautifully performed Tit Willow….

….There is very strong chorus work, with simple but unusual and effective choreography, and whilst standing holding bamboo ‘frames’ to complement the main set might look easy, the men involved in this certainly had their work cut out during ‘Here’s a how-de-do’ as they ran about the stage….

….the rapturous applause from a near-capacity first-night audience showed that this beautifully costumed production has been received very well indeed, as it most certainly deserves.

See the full review here http://sceneoneplus.com/the-mikado/

2015 – Ruddigore

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Director – Claire Camble-Hutchins
Musical Director – Keziah Jacombs
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd – James Rosser
Richard Dauntless – Andrew Helson
Sir Despard Murgatroyd – Mark Everitt
Sir Roderic Murgatroyd – Michael Griffiths
Old Adam Goodheart – Robin Lavies
Rose Maybud – Ruth Mills
Mad Margaret – Roseanna Bowen
Dame Hannah – Amanda King
Zorah – Eleanor Riley
Ruth – Amy McIntosh
Professional Bridesmaids:
Barbara Evans, Susanna Farrell, Tanya Lerchenborg,
Kimberley Rowland
Village Ladies:
Fiona Aucott, Linda Dry, Ruth Flower, Lucy Holt, Gill Linford,
Jantina Mulder, Christine Skidmore, Elizabeth Sutherland
City Gentry:
Tony Broomfield, Patrick D’Ardenne, Mike Griffiths,
Richard Kille, Ian Metcalfe, Roy Perrins, Michael Preen,
Alan Wilson, Neil Winkley
Tony Broomfield, Patrick D’Ardenne, Lucy Holt,
Richard Kille, Gill Linford, Ian Metcalfe, Jantina Mulder,
Roy Perrins, Michael Preen, Alan Wilson, Neil Winkley
Rose Maybud – Amy McIntosh

Audience reviews:

  • Thoroughly enjoyed this performance. It was the first time I had seen this company & I was really impressed with quality of the singing especially their diction. The choreography was excellent too. The sound quality, lighting & costumes were equally good. I will definitely see them again in the future
    Excellent production as was the one last year . They truly deserve the title of best G and S Society in the South
  • Excellent performance from all the players,some great local comic dialogue and of course the opening scene using back projection was stunning.
    One of the best G&S shows I have seen. Thank you.
  • Five star entertainment. Hard to believe it was first night, it was so polished. Great music of course, played and sung extremely well and lots of laughs all the way through. The story of Ruddigore is very silly and very complicated but this production made it easy to follow and brought out all the comedy. I loved every minute of it.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the show – although an amateur production it was very polished and there was an abundance of talent among the cast.
    We didn’t know what to expect from the show……we loved it, delightfully bonkers!!! My 8 year old daughter is hoping for a Ruddigore 2!!
  • A very classy production of a difficult G&S composition. All lead singers kept momentum with musical and acting talent. Dancing and choreography were a delightful bonus. Best costumes I have seen for ages.
  • At least ten stars! A really first class performance and enjoyed by everybody. Beautiful singing, beautiful voices, wonderful choreography, superb ballet solo and on-the-spot orchestra. We loved the Cornish village setting and the castle. In fact a perfect evening’s entertainment. A big thank you to every one!
  • I was going to write to you to say how much we enjoyed the show so i can express our delight in this feedback . The singing, acting and costumes were all excellent, we have seen about 5 or 6 of your shows and this was by far the best.The singing was,to us,up to classical opera standard,and that young girl who performed the ballet movements,WOW! We also thought that Ruddigore is by far the funniest of the G&S shows that we have seen,good acting of course helps.And the trio sung “I’m aware of the awful situation”without slip,so impressive.Thank you for such wonderful entertainment.

2014 – The Pirates of Penzance

Director – Claire Camble-Hutchins
Musical Director – Keziah Jacombs
Major-General Stanley – John Gerken
The Pirate King – Ian Metcalfe
Samuel – James Rosser
Frederic – Rossano Saltfleet
Sergeant of Police – Mark Everitt
Mabel – Roseanna Bowen
Edith – Eleanor Riley
Kate – Alice Keeping
Isabel – Beverley Beck
Ruth – Cherrill Ashford
General Stanley’s Daughters and Household:
Linda Dry, Roz Golbey, Mary Hurst, Martha Jenkins, Amanda King,
Gill Linford, Amy McIntosh, Jantina Mulder, Kimberely Rowland,
Christine Skidmore, Sophie Wright.
Pirates and Policemen:
Robert Ashford, Tony Broomfield, Mike Fuller, Mike Griffiths, Aaron Hayes, Roy Perrins, Alan Wilson, Neil Winkley.

2013 – The Yeomen of the Guard

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Director – Roberta Morrell
Musical Director – Keziah Jacombs
Sir Richard Cholmondeley (Lt of the Tower) – Mike Griffiths
Colonel Fairfax (under sentence of death) – Bruce Vyner
Sergeant Meryll (of the Yeomen of the guard)  – Robin Lavies
Phoebe Meryll (his daughter) – Rosie Bowen
Jack Point (a strolling player) – Ian Metcalfe
Wilfred Shadbolt (Head Jailor) – Bernard Gardner
Elsie Maynard (a strolling player) – Cherrill Ashford
Dame Carruthers (Housekeeper) – Amanda King
Leonard Meryll (Sgt Meryll’s son) – Pete Warbis
Kate (Dame Carruthers’ niece) – Rowan Baker
First Yeoman – Alan Wilson
Second Yeoman – Neil Winkley
Citizen – Tony Broomfield
Headsman – Trevor Smith
Priest – Vicki Lavies
Chorus of Yeomen and General Citizens:
Gillian Blake, Ruth Flower, Roz Golbey, Thelma Heald, Mary Hurst, Martha Jenkins, Alice Keeping, Rachel Matthews, Jantina Mulder,
Lauren Panton, Eleanor Riley, Valerie Rossiter, Kimberley Rowland, Christine Skidmore, Sophie Wright
Robert Ashford, Tony Broomfield, Patrick D’Ardenne, Mike Fuller, Roger Jefferies, Roy Perrins, James Rosser, Hugh Rossiter
Eleanor Riley – Elsie Maynard