To a packed house at Casa Ventura, Torrevieja, The Ex-Gilbert and Sullivan Society played out their last ever performance on Feb.21st. A scratch performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” adapted by John Wallace entertained the audience with its rollicking tunes and lively humour.

It was made possible by the visiting ex-members of the old G&S Society, who came to Spain for a holiday with their old compatriots. Cyril Willoughby took up the baton once more to direct us and play Major General Stanley. John Gardiner reprised his roles as pirate and policeman with his usual aplomb. Norman Shelley was thrown into the role of Frederick only days before the performance took place and we all had only one rehearsal with our accompanist, Antonio Guillen. Many of the audience wanted to know what our next production would be but without enough men to take on the parts it has become impossible to function as a full performing Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Thanks to the generosity of the audience the raffle enabled the old society to make a donation of 300€ to the Alzheimers Association.

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