St Andrews students aim to introduce Gilbert and Sullivan to younger audience

Rehearsals for the University of St Andrew Gilbert and Sullivan Society's performance of HMS Pinafore.
Rehearsals for the University of St Andrew Gilbert and Sullivan Society's performance of HMS Pinafore.

A student society is hoping to introduce the music of Gilbert and Sullivan to a younger audience by offering cut-price tickets to one of its performances.

The University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s is presenting a semi-staged production of the classic comic opera HMS Pinafore in the Boys’ Brigade Hall on Friday, January 30, at 7.30pm, and Saturday January 31, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets for the Saturday matinee are on offer for just £1 to anyone under 16.

Publicity officer Peter Sutton, who plays Sir Joseph Porter, said: “We believe HMS Pinafore is a perfect introduction to Gilbert and Sullivan and British music in general. I was introduced to G&S at a young age and it has inspired my love of music and drama ever since.

“There is a long tradition dating back to the original production of 1878 of appealing to young people with this fun piece of satire, and we are glad to continue this tradition in St Andrews.”

HMS Pinafore has featured famously in hit TV series Star Trek and The Simpsons and contains memorable characters such as Captain Corcoran, Little Buttercup and Sir Joseph Porter. The cast contains some of the university’s finest singers, including Caroline Taylor as Josephine, who won the

Best Female Voice trophy at last year’s International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

In April the society will be presenting a fully-staged production of ‘Patience’ in the Byre Theatre.

The £1 tickets will be available for the 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday. Full price tickets are £7, and concession tickets for the evening performances cost £5.