Sunday 8 December 2019

Special arts event: HMS Pinafore

Colin Murphy

English company Opera della Luna have made a name for themselves with their wittily condensed versions of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, and HMS Pinafore sets sail for Ireland with a cast of just 10, no chorus, and much pared down from the original script.

While the company have taken other G&S operettas into the present with modern-day dress, they have left HMS Pinafore firmly in its authentic context of 19th-century Britain, exploiting the Dickensian quality of the setting and emphasising the social satire underlying the musical, particularly its concern with social justice.

The story tells of a love triangle crossing class boundaries, as the captain's daughter is promised to a lord but in love with a sailor.

The original production in the 1870s ran for 571 performances; this one, alas, runs for just one, at the Helix, Dublin, on Monday (thehelix.ie; see tomorrow's Review for more).

Watch out also for the forthcoming production of The Mikado by the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society, at the National Concert Hall, November 16 to 20 (nch.ie).

Irish Independent

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