A magical evening with The Savoyards

Monday, 4 December 2017

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The Mid Glamorgan Savoyards held their audience ‘spellbound’ with their recent production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl.

The opening entrance of the fairies and their queen, with its unexpected robust dancing and singing, rather than delicate tripping and sweet tones, set the tone for an evening of fun and topical jokes; ‘What do ‘Corbynista legs’ look like, I wonder?’

The Peers are satirised frequently, making remarks such as ‘I have a great respect for brains. I wish I had some myself.’

Such a lot of the story seemed relevant today, with the women pushing for election to the House of Peers being based on intelligent competition.

Of course, we had the usual jokes about the married state too – our hero remarks to his wife to be, Phyllis, ‘We’re to be happy forever’ and she replies, ‘Well, we are to be married!’ and the audience knew what the next line was going to be!

We are all familiar now with the excellent leading players, who bring polish, energy and feeling to their roles. It is hard to believe that these are amateur singers.

This production saw more of the larger groups on stage, fairies and peers playing each other off and providing a lively contrast with their costumes and dancing.

Congratulations must go to the stage director, Rob Reynolds, who also featured in the role of Lord Chancellor.

The large orchestra also played its part in the seamless performance, under the baton of musical director, Roger Hudd.

All proceeds go to charity and so far, nearly £2,500 have been raised for Kidney Research, Cancer Relief, Save the Children and Baby Loss Charity. Once again, a successful and enjoyable evening.

Dominique Spearey

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