Patience 1999

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Patience was the 27th show performed by the society. It was performed in Central Hall on 11th-13th February 1999. Tickets were £5.50/£6.50, or £3/£4 for concessions.

The chair was Tim Towers.


Credits (taken from the VHS recording)


Emma Walkey

Assistant Director
Abi Robertson

Musical Director
Hugh Parker


Colonel Calverley- David York
Major Murgatroyd- Robert Nightingale
Lieutenant the Duke of Dunstable- Tim Towers
Reginald Bunthorne- David Bignell
Archibald Grosvenor- Anthony Gardner
Mr. Bunthorne's Solicitor- Richard Lee
Lady Angela- Alison Duncan
Lady Saphir- Fiona Bolam
Lady Ella- Louise Pullen
Lady Jane- Ruth Elleson
Patience- Anita Chaudhuri
Gertrude as herself

Chorus of Rapturous Maidens
Liz Bellamy
Jane Bird
Laura Cartwright
Jo Dimmock
Katherine Elliott
Helen Ross
Donna Sams
Helen Shepherd
Kirsten Wilson

Chorus of Dragoon Guards
Oliver Alexander
John Bradley
Adrian Cashman
John Morgan
Simon Offord
Andreas Petermeier
David Tropman
Peter Tylor


Violin and Leader- Caroline Berger
Violin- Carrie Jamieson, Tatsuru Matsuhita, Jo Tam
Viola- Mhairi Sheail
Cello- John Wilson
Oboe- Tony Fisher
Clarinet- Angela Creasey, Pippa Wills
Flute- Pippa Lord, Simon Taylor
Trumpet- James Kilner, Heidi Johnson
Horn- Robin Moffatt
Trombone- Nick Hart

Repetiteur- Pippa Lord

Production Team

Production Manager, Lighting Designer/ Technician- David Pumfrey
Sound Engineer- Ollie Nash
Stage Manager- Peter Mendham
Stage Crew- Debi Hackett
Lighting Crew- Simon Thompson, Mark Hughes, Liz Bellamy, Martin Atkins, Stephen Cox
Make-up artist- Wei Shiuen Ng
Props Mistress- Liz Bellamy
Set Builders- David Pumfrey, Abi Robertson, Ollie Nash, Stephen Cox, Joe Gaunt, Fiona Bolam, Emma Walkey, Peter Tylor, Liz Bellamy, David York, Adrian Cashman, Debi Hackett, John Bradley
Gertrude created by- David Pumfrey, Abi Robertson, Joe Gaunt
Artwork- Lee Davies
Video Recording- George Hyde, Abi Robertson
Camera Operators- Jonathan Hyde, Rachel Hyde, David Williams
Choreographer, costume designer- E. Vika Frary


So go to him and say to him

Letter from The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust to P&P Officer Jane Bird

Dear Ms Bird,
Thank you very much for your letter dated 27 July in which you explained that you would like to promote your University's Gilbert & Sullivan Society with the aid of some of the Magic Roundabout characters, whilst at the same time promoting our life-saving work. The no-cost Licence Agreement is strictly controlled but I imagine that we should be able to get you clearance from the licencing authority providing your Florence and Ermintrude meet their strict criteria. Robin Dobson, who is the Facilities Manager at the Trust, is our link with the licencing company and he will be back in his office next Wednesday and I would suggest that you ring him to discuss how we can take forward your idea.

Thank you for your interest in our life-saving work and I hope that with Robin and the licencing company's help, we shall be able to meet your objectives.

Since I am not sure how much you know about the Charity, I am taking the liberty of enclosing a copy of our latest Annual Report and also a few Christmas Catalogues which you might be kind enough to distribute amongst your friends.

With very best wishes for your forthcoming operetta.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony Morland, Chief Executive

Clipping from "The University Magazine", February 1999

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production of Patience will be performed at Central Hall from 11 to 13 February. A satirical take on Oscar Wilde, the story has been relocated to the 1960s and given a 'Magic Roundabout' feel. Anthony Gardner and David Bignell play the poets, Grovesner [sic] and Bunthorne.

Clipping from "Evening Press", 5th February 1999

"How G&S were given a Sixties make-over"
Gilbert and Sullivan in the spirit of The Magic Roundabout lies in store at the university's Central Hall. The University of York Gilbert & Sullivan Society's big show for 1999 is Patience, a Patience with a difference.

"Patience is a satirical take on Oscar Wilde, but we've relocated the story to sometime in the 1960s, and given it something of a Magic Roundabout feel," says director Emma Walkey.

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera has fun with the ridiculous aesthetic 'ideal' of love and the trouble it can cause.

Milk maid Patience is loved by two poets, one real, the other a fraud. In turn, the poets are adored by a large posse of wet, drippy and fickle 'love-sick maidens'. In turn, they are pursued by a group of dragoon guards annoyed that these ladies, to whom they had previously been engaged, are ignoring them and running after a couple of namby-pamby poets. That story makes for amusing rehearsals.

"We're enjoying Patience enormously at the moment, and I think the audience will too," says Emma. "Working with the cast is proving to be great fun, especially the chorus of soliders, who are hilarious! We've also got a few surprises, like Gertrude, who is the milk maid's cow. As she's a cow of the Sixties, she's bright blue with hot pink udders!"

Patience runs from Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm nightly, plus 2:30 pm on the last day. Tickets: £6.50 and £5.50, soncessions £4 and £3, from Ticket World, York.

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