Martin Tarr


Martin  discovered G&S whilst at school, but did not get his first taste of the stage until joining Paignton Operatic and Dramatic Society in 1970. He vividly recalls the hot and heavy padding and the “Mikado yellow” Pancake make-up then needed for what became his all-time favourite role of Pooh-Bah!

Moving to Berkshire in 1976, Martin joined East Berkshire Operatic Society, where he took several principal roles before matrimony and fatherhood intervened. Later, in Dunfermline, Martin “maintained a low profile” until enticed into the Society in 1998. Martin’s roles with DGASS have included Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers, the Earl of Mountararat in Iolanthe, Major Murgatroyd in Patience and Sir Richard Cholmondeley in The Yeomen of the Guard.

Martin has always belonged to choirs that tackle challenging repertoire, and has an affinity with unaccompanied music, and madrigals in particular. Since 1991 he has been a regular member of the Scottish Chamber Choir.

[from the 2018 programme]

Appearances with Dunfermline Gilbert & Sullivan Society

2018The MikadoPish-Tush
2016The Yeomen of the GuardSir Richard Cholmondeley
2013PatienceMajor Murgatroyd
2012Princess IdaKing Hildebrand
2012IolantheLord Mountararat
2011The MikadoPooh-Bah
2010Trial by JuryForeman of the Jury
2010The SorcererChorus
2009The Yeomen of the GuardSir Richard Cholmondeley
2007The GondoliersDon Alhambra del Bolero
2006The Pirates of PenzanceSergeant of Police
2005RuddigoreOld Adam
2004Trial by JuryUsher
2004The MikadoPooh-Bah
2003IolantheLord Mountararat
2002The ZooGrinder
2002The Yeomen of the GuardSir Richard Cholmondeley
2000Cox and BoxSergeant Bouncer
1999The GondoliersDon Alhambra del Bolero

Next appearance

Pirates 2023

Your next chance to see the Society on stage will be on 16–18 February 2023, when we are back at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, for our twice-delayed 50th anniversary production of The Pirates of Penzance.

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