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Concert – A Nice Dilemma and Trial by Jury (July 2017)

Astwood Bank Operatic Society are pleased to announce our forthcoming concert in July will be A Nice Dilemma with music by Gilbert and Sullivan, libretto and arragement by Mary Dhonau!


Astwood Bank Operatic Society will be joined by some of the best soloists in the County, in a semi-staged concert of Gilbert & Sullivan classics and a complete performance of “Trial by Jury”. The two concerts will take place in the Church of St George & St Matthias in Astwood Bank on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July at 7.30pm. The first half of the evening is a romp through the G&S operettas in a piece compiled by Mary Dhonau entitled “A Nice Dilemma”, a prequel to “Trial by Jury”.

The Usher of the Court is in a dilemma. However, with the assistance of several well-known characters, he completes the 12-man Jury in order to try a breach of promise of marriage, between Edwin the mischievous Defendant and the beautiful Angelina. We will be visited by the fairies from “Iolanthe”, Mad Margaret and Rose Maybud from “Ruddigore”, the Pirate King and Major General Stanley from “The Pirates of Penzance”; as well as Buttercup and Captain Corcoran from “HMS Pinafore”. Several school girls from “The Mikado” and “Princess Ida” add to the confusion with some hilarious results!

The creative team is led by sisters, Helen Deakin and Eleanor Peberdy. Helen makes her debut as Musical Director with Astwood Bank Operatic, but is no stranger to the topsy turvy world of Gilbert & Sullivan. Eleanor, who has appeared on stage with the society many times since she joined in 2009, is delighted to be producing and directing the company for the first time.

A principal line up of past, present and new soloists joins forces with a strong chorus to bring the delights of Victorian satire to the village of Astwood Bank.

Click here for details on how to buy your ticket.

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Welcome to Astwood Bank Operatic Society

We are an Amateur Operatic Society, specialising in Gilbert and Sullivan and Victorian/Edwardian Light Opera/Operetta, as well as making an occasional foray into Musical Comedy.

Eleanor Peberdy and Michael Faulkner in our 2014 production of 'The Merry Widow'.
Eleanor Peberdy and Michael Faulkner in our 2014 production of ‘The Merry Widow’.

The aim of our Society is to provide a social outlet for all ages, at the same time providing an opportunity for our members to participate or perform to the best of their abilities. This culminates in an annual production at the Redditch Palace Theatre, usually in March each year.

Although we are an amateur society, we endeavour to put on a professional quality production, and from our members we expect commitment, team work and enthusiasm.

We are very involved with the local community, and we hope all our members will participate in our fund-raising events.

Socially, we have walks on some Mondays during the summer, but those that are not that energetic can just meet us in the pub afterwards! We have an annual dinner, usually in January, and wonderful after-show events!

If you would like more information about joining ABOS, please contact our Secretary who will be pleased to help you with your questions.

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