Oct 14

Pirates of Penzance


On the evening of Friday 12th October, The Hoghton Players visited St. Mark’s Church, Scarisbrick, dressed in amazing Victorian costumes or piratical gear!

After the Reverend Eileen Heaney had welcomed the players the show began.

For those who don’t know, the story of this, two act, comic opera, by Arthur Sullivan (words) and by W. S. Gilbert (music) concerns a 21 year old called Frederic.

Fredric (played by Peter Crichton) has reached the age of 21 and so believes he has completed his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates, led by their Pirate King (played by Keith Cawdron).

He meets and immediately falls in love with Mabel (played by Ros Purcell), the daughter of Major-General Stanley (played by Andrew Lamb).

However, Fredric soon learns that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his “twenty-first birthday“, meaning that he must serve for more than another 60 years until 1940!

All this has various comic ramifications which were skilfully enacted by the players, with clarification by a police spy (played by – Ian Wells) who acted as narrator!

St. Mark’s is a pretty small space for the players to work their magic in, but the production was brilliantly choreographed (by Sue Lee) to use every available nook and cranny to best effect.

The performance was accompanied by Ann Dickinson MBE and conducted by Ian Dunning.

During the interval everyone enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit! This gave the audience a chance to chat, not only with each other but also with members of the cast.

It was a lovely evening. The audience certainly enjoyed the performance and it looked as if the cast did too.

At the end of the show, the president of the society, Mary Brocklehurst, thanked everybody for their dedication and hard work and said they would be delighted if anybody in the audience would like to join the group!

Mary was followed by Eileen, who thanked the Hoghton Players and everybody for coming to St. Mark’s before concluding the evening with a prayer.

We would like to say a




for a lovely evening

and for the £75 that they kindly donated

towards our new annexe

“The Lighthouse”.

For more information see the Hoghton Players go to https://sites.google.com/site/hoghtonplayers.

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