It's been such a busy few weeks that I haven't had time to do what makes me happiest - write a story. Health issues, busy shows, happy weddings, sad funerals - and not enough time to look at the screen and think. So for this week I'll show you my dress rehearsal photos of this year's production of the Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society - Iolanthe - with comments.
Two of the fairies - they claimed the wigs they wore were even hotter!
The Queen of the Fairies
This fairy had disobeyed a fairy law and had been sentenced to
live at the bottom of a river for 25 years,
hence the green hair...
This fairy was going to find it difficult to walk about the stage so they arranged a wheelchair for her, suitably covered in foliage. In her right hand she holds an ear trumpet (all the better to hear with) and in her left is Philip the corgi, normally carried around by the Queen of the Fairies (an innovation this year which went down very well with the audience). Philip was a glove puppet, and was therefore able to react wonderfully to what was being said. He almost upstaged the Queen...
The love interest - singing how they feel about each other.
End of Act One
The "very susceptible Chancellor".
(He makes all his own costumes - isn't it beautiful?)
A close-up of the Queen which shows off her adorable "crown".
In all Gilbert's plots there are simpering 'young ladies' being coy with the men before trapping them into marriage. In this case the women were fairies who never aged, and the men were lords in Parliament. He was clearly trying to tell us something about the times - or how he saw women...
The sentry outside the Houses of Parliament
- from Lonicera's non-digital archive
An outing to Wells Cathedral with a visiting school friend