Since our formation in 1972 under first Committee Chairman, Frank Banks, our society has gone on to enjoy over 47 years of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s collaborative works right from their first, Trial by Jury, to their last, The Grand Duke. In most recent years our society performs one show each term, a 48 Hour Show in Autumn in which we audition, rehearse, and perform a G&S opera in 48 hours; a full-scale Main Show in Spring, and a fun, less intensive Summer Show at the end of the academic year.
This past year, we saw the wonderful Kat Lazarus and Ellie Newman direct Gilbert and Sullivan’s longest work, The Grand Duke, in only 48-hours. A behemoth task, they cut, cast, and carolled their way into Dixon Drama Studio and were met with a remarkably large audience (at least 5 people showed up!). Then in Spring, our main show The Sorcerer, last performed in 2010, directed by Sam Armstrong, Millie Bysh, and Tim Selman blew away audiences at the Joseph Rowntree theatre.
The society also has a regular tradition of Christmas carolling in the city near the end of Autumn term, and putting on showcases, small concerts, and workshops where possible alongside socials and regular rehearsals. Our current committee is chaired by the wonderful Emily Maddison, and you can contact them any time.