Manx Gilbert & Sullivan Society

 
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The Manx Gilbert & Sullivan Society meets every Friday at 7-30pm at All Saints Church Hall on Alexandra Drive, Douglas, Isle of Man. The Society performs fund raising concerts in March/April and a major production in October each year.

New members will be made most welcome on any Friday. We also have a supporters scheme where, for a modest donation, you can have priority bookings and news of the Society's events and concerts.

The Society was started in the winter of 1987/88 and had its first performance in 1989 at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas. The Society has performed most of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas including 'The Pirates of Penzance' at the Buxton International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in 1995. In this event the Society competed against teams from all over the World, winning the award for the best character performance for Major-General John Craige. Our other claim to fame is winning the fancy dress prize in the Peel Viking Longboat races 3 years in succession by appearing as "The Pirates of Penzance", "The Mikado's galley slaves", and "The Witches and Ghoulies of Ruddigore".

The Society also performs smaller concerts around the Isle of Man at churches, old people's homes etc and will consider performing for any charitable concern.

We are very proud to have been associated with John Reed and Nikki Kerri. We met them in 1994 when John came to direct us in "The Pirates of Penzance" which we took to Buxton in 1995 and then directed us in "The Mikado". Sadly John is no longer with us but they were both great inspirations to us all.

Our late Chairman, Bill Corlett had two dreams. One was to take the Society to compete at the Buxton Festival which he achieved in his lifetime. The other was to take the Society and perform in America which is still a dream to those of us he left behind.