Saturday, 18 December 2021
Friday, 26 November 2021
Announcing our next production!
We are busy rehearsing for our next production which will be at Pirton Village Hall in March. Our Gala will showcase the best of our
50 years of Shows with staged excerpts from all the Gilbert and
Sullivan favourites, musicals and operetta from The Merry Widow to Jack
the Ripper, and a smattering of Stephen Sondheim. Music, dancing,
sketches and much more! We hope you will all join us for what will be a wonderful evening.
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
PBGS 50 Years Singing #12: Trial by Jury at Harrogate 2015
It quickly became evident the main advantage of moving from Buxton to Harrogate for the Festival was Betty’s Teashop. Fortified by cake the Society triumphed and the appreciative audience carried on applauding long after the curtain came down, much to our delight.
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
PBGS 50 Years Singing #11: PBGS stages our first Stephen Sondheim
|Our 2014 production of Into the Woods|
Sunday, 1 August 2021
Back together singing at last!
|Everyone at the Big Sing|
Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for for so long, PBGS back together singing again!
This is The PBGS Big Sing, recording the chorus numbers for our 50th Anniversary CD of ‘Trial by Jury’ and ‘The Sorcerer’ at Area 88 in Milton Keynes. Over the last 15 months we have all stayed in touch through Zoom with show readings, quizzes and bingo nights, but this is the real thing - all of us raising our voices together doing what we love. Many thanks to our MD, Graham Thomson, for keeping us together and making the day such fun, to Cynthia at the piano with her page-turner-extraordinaire other half, and to the wonderful Mike Crofts on sound. And also to Teresa and Jon Newham for photos and looking after us all. This was ‘too much happiness’. We really raised that roof!
Watch this space for details of the CD when we have finished recording and production.
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
PBGS 50 Years Singing #10: Singing for the BBC
|Waiting outside the Harold Pinter Theatre|
Continuing our history of PBGS as part of our 50th celebrations, on 25th June 2012 we were asked by the BBC's "The One Show" (with one weeks' notice!) if we would perform the opening chorus from Iolanthe for them. This performance was to be recorded as part of the story of how Fairy lights gained their name. Iolanthe premiered at the Savoy and was the first ever show to be lit by electric light. New lighting technologies made such special effects as sparkling fairy wands possible for the first time. The principal fairies' heads were lit by wreaths of small illuminated stars attached to a battery.
Luckily we had a set of fairy costumes (as you do!) so we quickly choreographed the number, organised two hasty rehearsals and gathered as much fairy dust as possible! A small group us and two members of Wolverton G&S Society headed to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End. After about ten takes with some close ups and wider shots, the filming was over 45 minutes earlier than scheduled, much to the production team’s delight.
Although the sequence ended up on the cutting room floor due to time constraints on the day, we loved being involved in this and we can say we have performed on a West End Stage!
Monday, 5 July 2021
PBGS 50 Years Singing #8: The G&S Sketch Show in Buxton
Continuing our history of PBGS, in 2011 we returned for a third time to Buxton and the International G&S Festival with our Gilbert and Sullivan Sketch Show, which we performed at the newly refurbished Pavillion Theatre as part of the Festival Fringe. Written and produced by current Chairwoman, Paula Fraser, it took the audience on a whirlwind tour through all the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire, linking highlights and themes together and marking each one with a succession of hats and props. It was huge fun for us and the audience, with some crazy moments backstage as we constantly changed characters, but it showcased the huge range of talent in the Society by giving everyone something to perform.
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
PBGS 50 Years Singing #7: We move to the QMT Hitchin
Continuing our story of PBGS over the last 50 years, 2009 PBGS moved to its current venue - the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin - following a couple of performances at Henlow Theatre. Rising costs, and the challenges of filling a theatre as big as Campus West in Welwyn Garden City with a smaller membership, made the QMT a much more viable home for the Society. The move also brought us new audiences, especially for Gilbert and Sullivan! Our first production was Iolanthe where we got the chance to spread some fairy dust on our new home.