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Fairies have reportedly been sighted in Outwell!

According to eye witness accounts they have been seen flitting hither and thither in the vicinity of St Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall.

Investigation has revealed their strange antics are in fact in preparation for their part in Upwell Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s forthcoming production of Iolanthe.

Of all the G&S operas, Iolanthe has Gilbert at his funniest and most satirical as he lampoons that most British of institutions, the House of Lords.

Sullivan, on the other hand, provides arguably one of his finest scores.

The plot is quite absurd. Strephon, an Arcadian shepherd, wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery.

Upwell G&S Soc in costume for The Mikado in 2018 (8243159)
Upwell G&S Soc in costume for The Mikado in 2018 (8243159)

Phyllis does not know that Strephon is actually half fairy (his upper-half seemingly) and when she catches him kissing a young lady, she assumes the worst.

But her ‘rival’ turns out to be none other than Strephon’s own mother, Iolanthe, who is a fairy – and, as you will know, fairies never grow old, hence the misunderstanding.

Meanwhile, Phyllis’s guardian, the Lord Chancellor, and half the peers in the House of Lords are sighing after her.

Soon the peers and the fairies are at odds with each other, and long-standing friendships become strained.

Eventually all gets happily resolved, thanks to the Lord Chancellor, who has a ‘simple’ solution.

The show will be staged at St Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall, Isle Road, Outwell (PE14 8TD) on April 11, 12 and 13 at 7.30pm.

Admission is: adults £7.50, juniors £4.

For further details and to reserve seats call 01945 773070.

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