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.
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
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.
Find out more on any of these events on our What's On page.
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