Saturday 29 August 2015

PBGS - what's coming next?

Now that Harrogate's over, what's next? In April we will be presenting Gilbert & Sullivan's comic war of the sexes, Princess Ida. Our Producer will be Alison Gibbs and our MD will be Margaret Johnson - both fresh from seeing us through our successful Trial by Jury at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

Before that we have our October Concert, The Best of All Musical Worlds, which will feature our guest artists, Luton Male Voice Choir. Luton MVC is a traditional male voice choir established in 1993 to enjoy "Friendship in Harmony" under the musical direction of Mr Stuart Elliott. We are looking forward joining them to present music from a a wide range of genres at the Queen Mother Theatre on 9th - 10th October.

Online booking is now open for The Best of All Musical Worlds. For further booking information visit our Shows and Tickets page.

Monday 24 August 2015

Back in triumph from Harrogate!

Harrogate Theatre
Well done to all members of PBGS and Wolverton G&S for outstanding performances in Trial by Jury and The Zoo at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate. It was a huge team effort but well worth it to hear all that applause at the end just going on and on! Both productions have had wonderful feedback from a really appreciative and knowledgeable audience.

Many thanks are due to our wonderful Producers, Alison Gibbs (Trial) and Graham Breeze (Zoo), for two very original and sparkling productions that we were proud to present, our trusty MDs Margaret Johnson (Trial) and Mike Crofts (Zoo) for holding it all together in the Pit and getting the very best out of us, to Paula and Richard Fraser for the herculean effort of organising it all and getting us up there, and also thanks to Jo Bigg for organising wonderful accommodation.

Finally thanks to all the cast and crew of both societies for putting in so much effort and dedication. It was hard work, it was chaos in those dressing rooms, it was fast and frantic, but it was the most fun one can have on stage and an unforgettable achievement.

PBGS and Wolverton all mixed up back stage!
Mike and Margaret in The Pit
Wolverton and PBGS members rehearsing The Zoo on stage at Harrogate
All photos: Sue Wookey

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Harrogate here we come!

Well - it's finally here! This coming Saturday 22nd at 2.30pm we'll be taking the stage at Harrogate Theatre alongside fellow society Wolverton G&S, for our spectacular double bill of Trial by Jury and The Zoo! This will be the fourth time that PBGS has appeared at the International Festival (formerly held in Buxton). In 2000 we took The Gondoliers, in 2004 it was Princess Ida, and in 2011 we took our unique G&S Sketch Show to the Festival Fringe.

Local supporters who've seen these productions will know that the Harrogate audience is in for a treat, with two sparkling operettas that are very different from anything they will have seen before!

'Break a leg', as they say, to all our performers in both Societies!

Tickets are still available for those at the Festival who want to support us.