• Fairy odd business
    Fairy odd business

    The Fairy Queens group of loyal fairy assistants (Natalie Thorn and Annie Tatnall) debate the finer points of fairy life

  • Lordly Ways
    Lordly Ways

    Lord Bath (Shaun Dodimead), David Tatnall, Mountarrat (Matt "Boris" Sturgeon), Tim Case, Tololler (Dan Hickson) and The Lord Chanceller (Adrian Hickford) are awaiting a train

  • Phyllis don't like us much
    Phyllis don't like us much

    Phyllis (Annie Tatnall) rejects the attentions of the lords...

  • He gives me the willis!

    Private Willis (David Tatnall) demonstrates his listening skills whilst being distracted by the Fairy Queen (Anne Croudass)

  • Lazy Days
    Lazy Days

    Strephon (Tim Case) and Phyllis (Annie Tatnall) sing that song they sing together. You know, that one...

  • Phyllis investigates
    Phyllis investigates

    Phyllis (Annie Tatnall) peers around to see the lords in their full glory!

  • Lordly Delights
    Lordly Delights

    The Lord Chancellor (Adrian Hickford) demonstrates a liking for Iolanthe (Lisa Axworthy)

Daily Echo Review - Iolanthe 2011

Director David Tatnall pulled together a team of considerable talent from local societies for this company's innagural show, with Gilbert and Sullivan's script given a satirical update that cast and audience enjoyed equally.

Lisa Axworthy was a confident lead as Iolanthe, banished after marrying a mortal, but recalled after the fairies pleaded with the Fairy Queen (the feisty Anne Croudass) who, herself, came to appreciate the attraction of mortal man (Tatnall as Private Willis).

Adrian Hickford turned in a stellar performance as the teddy-cuddling Lord Chancellor, with Matt Sturgeon as hilarious Boris Johnson-parody Lord Mountararat. Annie Masters (Phyllis) and Tim Case (Strephon) were confident performers along with Katherine Evans, who enhanced her growing reputation as Celia.

Vicky Wilson, Natalie Thorn, Alina Feodorova (fairies) and Daniel Hickson and Shaun Dodimead (Lords Tolloller and Bath) all derserve a mention and Hilary Green led first-rate musical accompaniment to this entertaining evening.

Alan Johns

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