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Preview: Iolanthe


Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society return to the Northcott with a production of Iolanthe from the 12th-15th March.

Image Credits: Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Image Credits: Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Iolanthe focuses on Strephon, a half-fairy shepherd. Strephon hides his fairyhood from his love, Phyllis, who is also adored by the entire House of Lords, including the Lord Chancellor. When Phyllis catches Strephon with his mother, Iolanthe, who as a fairy looks younger than her son, chaos and confusion ensue. Soon the show transforms into a work of political satire as the fairies set to work forcing reform on the stuffy lords. Magic, romance, and political satire combine in this cocktail of music and laughter.

G&S shows may seem to be a niche throwback to a bygone age, but since Iolanthe boasts a large cast of students from across the University, it seems the tradition is still alive and well on campus. EUG&S have done a great deal to keep that tradition going, branching out from the Northcott to perform smaller shows and a Christmas Gala in aid of Kidney Research UK. The Gala, featuring a selection of Christmas Carols and some of the best known G&S songs, found for an enormously fun evening of entertainment. From the excellent turnout, and other fundraising efforts, EUG&S were able to donate £734 to Kidney Research UK, an achievement to be proud of.

However, now it is the countdown to Iolanthe and the cast, orchestra and production team are working hard to get everything ready for opening night. Rehearsing several nights a week, and even into the weekend, the cast are throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the process and their hard work is clearly paying off.

As well as rehearsing, the cast have also been singing in town, drawing in quite a crowd last Saturday as well as raising more money for Kidney Research. The society’s publicity team is at work too, covering campus and town in posters and flyers, advertising via radio and social media, and producing our magical trailer to spread the word.

So, if you do not want to miss out on a first-rate show then book your tickets on the Northcott website hereor ring the box office on 01392493493. We guarantee laughs and some of the best singing Exeter University has to offer. We’re the only opera society on campus – why not give a night at the opera a go? It is certainly a show not to be missed.

Richard Berry and Daniel Morris 

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