Pirates opera sept 2021 Portaferry
Fri 17 Sep

Comedy Arts FestivalOpera Anywhere: The Pirates of Penzance

Dive straight in to our Comedy Arts Festival by the sea with a fabulous production of The Pirates of Penzance. Opera Anywhere have been thrilling audiences everywhere with their energetic and hilarious show. Not to be missed!
A Modern Major General is Mike Woodward

An unfortunate case of mishearing initiates the plot for The Pirates of Penzance, resulting in a dramatic change of direction for Frederic who sets course to become a pirate rather than a 'pilot'! The twists and turns of this classic operetta unfold with ingenious characters, sublime lyrics and some of the best known songs in opera.

Portico's Comedy Arts Festival takes place 17 - 25 September 2021 and is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Featuring Tristan Stocks as Fredric

Tristan Stocks in Pirates of penzance

Tristan was a Britten-Pears Young Artist at Aldeburgh, in Les Mamelles de Tirésias. He was awarded the Grange Park Opera Scholarship and subsequently sang the role of Landry in Fortunio for the Company. Other recent roles have included Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Paris in La belle Hélène, Tonio in La fille du regiment, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Alfredo, in La Traviata, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Tamino in The magic Flute, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld. In recital, he has appeared in venues which have included the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, and Kings Place. Tristan has performed in Masterclasses with: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dennis O’Neill, Nelly Miricioiu, Elizabeth Connell, Della Jones and Brian Dickie.

Upcoming performances include: Orpheus, in Orpheus in the Underworld, Tamino in The Magic Flute and the principal tenor roles in a continuing tour of: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. 

Featuring Sam Young

Sam Young baritone Pirates Penzance Portaferry Sept 2021

Fresh from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, baritone Sam Young delights in the role of the Pirate King! A rising star, Sam has performed with Oxford Opera Company, North Wales Opera and Dorset Opera Festival. His most recent role was in the chorus at Glyndebourne for Tristan and Isolde.

With Soprano Catrin Lewis

Catrin Lewis soprano opera Pirates Portaferry Sept 2021

Catrin takes the lead soprano role as Mabel, dreamy-eyed Fredric's love interest. Catrin has sung the role of Adele Die Fledermaus for St Albans' Chamber Opera, Lily Lily and Bear for Irrational Theatre, and Pamina The Magic Flute for both Opera Anywhere and Porcupine Productions and has continued her involvement with Opera Anywhere's ever successful G&S tour which includes Patience, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance.

Cast, orchestra & crew

The Pirate King:                            Sam Young
Samuel:                                        James Gribble
Sergeant of Police and a Pirate:   Mark Horner
Ruth:                                             Vanessa Woodward
Frederic:                                        Tristan Stocks
Edith:                                             Freya Jacklin
Kate:                                              Olivia Bell
Isabel:                                           Emily Higgins
Mabel:                                           Catrin Lewis
The Major General:                       Mike Woodward
Stage Director:                              Tristan Stocks
Music Director/Accompanist:       Nia Williams / Matthew Rickard
Woodwind:                                    Nick Planas
Stage Manager:                            Mike Woodward
Technical Director:                       John Alcock

About Opera Anywhere

Driven by a passion to produce accessible, innovative and entertaining Opera for all ages, Mike and Vanessa Woodward founded Opera Anywhere in 2000. Beginning life, on an especially erected stage on a pond at the centre of their Oxfordshire village! The early performances were Proms concerts, which soon developed into fully staged opera productions.
In recent years, Mike and Vanessa have taken Opera Anywhere on tour throughout the UK, the main objective to entertain audiences with popular but also less well-known operas. As the name suggests, Opera Anywhere specialises in performing in new and unusual venues but they also are very familiar with theatres and festival locations.
Opera Anywhere currently tour with several Gilbert and Sullivan productions including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience and H.M.S. Pinafore, one of their most exciting recent performances included a Pirates of Penzance on punts! Menotti also features heavily in their annual schedule of performances and recently Opera Anywhere added Mozart’s the Magic Flute and Puccini’s Sister Angelica to its repertoire.
In addition to fully staged opera performances, Opera Anywhere also get invited to perform pop-up opera at special events and parties and their ‘singing waiters’ has proved to be a particular favourite! Opera Anywhere also love to collaborate and work with music clubs and choral societies, schools and orchestras for combined performances.
During the pandemic Opera Anywhere benefited from a number of grants including an Arts Council recovery grant, an Oxlep ‘escalate’ grant, and grants from The D’Oyle Carte Charitable Trust Foundation and the Doris Field Trust. These have enabled Opera Anywhere to develop a number of online educational resources available free of charge to schools. For more information see: Online projects | Opera Anywhere
Opera Anywhere have appeared on national TV and radio on a number of occasions including  Channel 4, ITV, More 4 and BBC Radio 3

Part of our Comedy Arts Festival

Our Comedy Arts Festival, supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council, runs from 17-25 September.

We've got delightful operetta in the shape of The Pirates Of Penzance from Opera Anywhere, stand up comedy from Neil Delamere and Paddy Raff, sketches from William Caulfield as Our Jimmy and a fantastic Motown tribute show from The Iconettes.

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Event Details

Fri 17 Sep
19:30 to 21:45

£25 / Under 18s £18


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • The Cuan
  • Joe's Hot Spot
  • Salthouse Restaurant
  • Fiddler's Green
  • Portaferry Sailing Club

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