The Savoy Opera Company presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience
20 Lovesick maidens have rejected their worldly Dragoons Guards to trail the aesthetic poet Bunthorne. Much to their dismay, Bunthorne spurns them for Patience the milkmaid, who in turn spurns him for yet another aesthetic poet; Grosvenor. The outraged military men go to great lengths to win their ladies back and chaos ensues. A lampoon of the British class system, this tale pokes good natured fun at patriotism, party politics, and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority. The opera lampoons the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and ’80s in England and, more broadly, on fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy, and pretentiousness; it also satirizes romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.
A mirthful and humorous show, its score features many of the legendary duo’s popular songs, including Sad is that Woman’s Lot, Twenty Love-Sick Maidens We and Love is a Plaintive Song.
The cast is headed by collection of young, passionate singers and Savoy Veterans, bringing together a wealth of experience and love of the Gilbert & Sullivan Tradition. The company itself has been active under various names since 1943 and prides itself on presenting high calibre productions of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan to Melbourne, Lilydale, Point Lonsdale, Portarlington, Queenscliff, Barwon Heads, Ballarat, Bunyip, Dunolly, and Buninyong.
The company has nurtured many singers who have gone on to have highly successful careers in opera, including Henry Choo, Lian Keegan, Michael Petruccelli, Lee Abrahmsen, Shane Lowrencev, Christopher Busietta, Barbara Zavros, Kerrie-Ann Bolton, Edmond Choo, and Olivia Cranwell.
Dates and Times Saturday 31st August at 2:00 PM
Venue Bluestone Theatre
Address 28 Hutton Street, Kyneton
Tickets Adults $30
Bookings and media inquiries call 0425 853 071