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Anna in fairyland

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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TRURO actress Anna Scutt pays the title role in a new production of the Gilbert and Sullivan 'fairy opera' Iolanthe now touring mid-Cornwall.

A concert version of the comic operetta is being staged by the Kenwin Barton Gilbert and Sullivan Singers at nine venues between now and October.

This is a fun-filled operetta – considered by many to be Gilbert and Sullivan's finest collaboration.

Appearing as the main characters with Anna are Geoff Pope from St Austell as her son Strephon – a fairy only down to his waist – Penny Platts as his mortal love interest Phyllis, Jo Alford Gretton as the Fairy Queen and Alan Russell as the Lord Chancellor.

The group performs a different G&S operetta each summer, visiting village halls and churches across Cornwall.

Not only does the group raise funds for themselves, but it enables their hosts to raise money also by selling tickets.

Iolanthe, produced by Tony Davy, can be seen on July 4 at St Mary's Church, Par; July 11, Perranporth Methodist Church; July 18, Lanner Village Hall; September 12, Tregony Village Hall; September 19, Ladock Community Hall; September 26, Tremayne Hall, Mylor; and October 17, Mawnan Smith Memorial Hall.

Tickets at £5 are available from the venues and the show starts at 7.30pm.

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