We loved it!

Iolanthe was great fun for everyone, whether in the audience, in the orchestra pit, on the stage or behind the scenes, and we’re all sad that it’s over. In due course there will be a show archive page: meanwhile, you can enjoy reading the programme which will reveal a great deal about Michael Scott’s fresh vision for our production, a play-within-a-play, where the villagers of “Thanolie” meet at the village hall during an unexpected clash of bookings. The ladies of the Women’s Institute, having been inspired by the members of the dance class to discover their “fairy selves”, enlist their men-folk, and act out the story that Gilbert devised, though with some of the lyrics adapted to poke fun at more modern events and people.

The show was brilliant!

To quote an email received by your webmaster this morning, following the opening night: “The show was brilliant! A clever new take on an old favourite!”.  Posts on one of our Facebook pages include: “What a great fun production and fantastic singing!” and “We had a lovely night watching you all having so much fun on stage.”

You have just three more opportunities to share the fun: tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. See the top of the page for more details. We look forward to hearing your applause and seeing you in the Tiffany Lounge after the evening shows.

Sorry there are no pictures of the set … we wouldn’t want you to see the details of our “clever new take” before you get to the theatre!

Invitation in the Dunfermline Press

The cast of Iolanthe assembled in Limekilns Parish Church ready for a run-through … giving Dave Wardle some big smiles!

Good to see Sunday’s picture taken by Dave Wardle appearing as the first item in today’s Dunfermline Press briefing. Do go to the original post, which has more pictures of our noble lords and delightful fairies! Or read the article on p23 of today’s issue, which as always comes with lots of other local news and features.

We ran Iolanthe again last night, and enjoyed Michael Scott’s rather different take on an old favourite. Looking forward to next week’s run at the Carnegie Hall, starting a week tonight!
If you haven’t yet booked, do click the link at the top of the page to buy a ticket, though you can just turn up at the door (evenings 7:30pm; Saturday matinée at 2:30pm).

Booking is now open!

If you click the image on the left to get a larger view, you’ll see an intriguing image welcoming users to Thanolie Village Hall. To find out what that means, and to see more than just one coronet and pair of fairy wings, you will have to head for Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, where our production of Iolanthe will be playing from 22 – 24 February 2024, each evening at 7:30pm plus a Saturday matinée at 2:30pm.

All the wit and good humour you’d expect from Gilbert & Sullivan, sung and acted to our usual high standards, and with a full orchestra. As you’ll see from our synopsis, Iolanthe is sub-titled “The Peer and the Peri”, so you can expect a clash between Britain’s laws as interpreted by the House of Lords, and fairy law. Lots of sly political satire in this show!

Tickets are £18 (£16 concessions; £8 under-18s), and you can buy them here (or click the “Buy your tickets here” banner above). To help you choose your seats before going through the booking office process, you can view the Carnegie Hall seating plan here.

If you prefer to contact Anne Dolbear, our ever-friendly and helpful Treasurer, you can telephone or text her on 07703 483083, or email her at ku.gro.ssagdnull@selastekcit. We recommend this option for group bookings or if you have accessibility requirements.

September concerts

Although we weren’t rehearsing for a show, Wednesdays continued to be G&S evenings until the end of May, and many of our members enjoyed meeting at Limekilns to prepare a selection of music for your delight. In a programme devised by Willie Campbell, you will hear excerpts from no fewer than eleven of the operas at two concerts:

7.30pm on Friday 15 September at the St Andrew’s Erskine Parish Church (Robertson Road, Dunfermline  KY12 0BF)

7.30pm on Saturday 16 September at Limekilns Parish Church (8 Church St, Limekilns, Dunfermline KY11 3HT)

Concerts give an opportunity for both members and former members to take part, so you’ll get a chance to hear old friends and the broadest possible selection of talent singing music from what we are sure will include your favourite shows.

Tickets are £12 from members, from Anne Dolbear (07703 483083) or on the door.

50 years celebrated on-screen

Pirates being the Society’s 50th anniversary show, Robin Ożóg, our producer, thought the audience might like to see some of the archive material saved since 13 May 1970, the inaugural meeting of the Society. So, during the overture, the audience enjoyed both the music and the projected presentation below, put together by our very own Val McManus.

Our Pirate arrives at Show Week!


As we’ve been counting down Show Week (16–18 Feb 2023) our Pitreavie Pirate has been popping up in lots of Gillian Tait’s “111 Places in Fife That You Shouldn’t Miss”, to promote the 50th Anniversary production of The Pirates of Penzance performed by his chums from the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

This being Show Week there’s a daily post on our Facebook page, though we’ll do our best to keep this post updated. Do keep your eyes peeled for a view of the little man himself, as you won’t know where he’ll be turning up next, although we suspect he’ll be around at Carnegie Hall sometime soon.

Meantime don’t forget to buy your ticket. Our box office is now at the Carnegie Hall – you can visit the box office in person between 10.00am–1.00pm and 2.00pm–4.00pm, Monday to Friday, phone during the same hours on 01383 602302, or book online at this link.

Next appearance

We hope to announce a summer concert shortly, but your next chance to see the Society on stage at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline will be on 20–22 February 2025.

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