The University of York Gilbert and Sullivan Society has been around since 1972. We put on an annual G&S show in Central Hall at the University, usually in February. We also put on a non-G&S show in the summer, perform various concerts throughout Yorkshire, and go carol singing at Christmas. For further details on old shows and reminiscences on times past, see our shows page.
Despite the weight of over thirty-five years of history on our collective shoulders, we are a very active society. Never a week of term goes by when we don’t have a meeting, rehearsal or social. The sparkling highlight of the society’s year is of course our main show. Year after year we put on high quality productions. And we do it all ourselves: singing, dancing, acting, making costumes, doing hair and make-up, choreography, lighting, sound, set-building, making props and stage management. Comedy, tragedy, fun chorus numbers, operatic solos: if you’re interested in being on (or behind) the musical stage, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society is a perfect place to start. We are a society than runs on enthusiasm. We have a dedicated and inevitably eccentric committee who (among many other things) act as production managers, ensuring the show will be a success. In fact, enthusiasm can often be more important than ability. We are the only musical society on campus that doesn’t audition for its chorus – everyone is welcome to join.
Saturday consists of the matinee and evening show. Between the shows, we order pizza in, try not to drip grease down our costumes, and try not to smudge our eye makeup. We all lounge around in the green room and vote for the society awards: for the best dressed, most stressed, worst drunk, prettiest lass, nicest arse, worst dancer etc. Then comes the last night, which inevitably goes with a swing. And after that, the Crash! This is our legendary after-show party, at an undisclosed location, where the society awards are handed out, and people let their hair down. Quite a few society couples get together at the Crash!
And after your hangover has subsided the next day, I can promise you you’ll be hooked. You’ll have made some fantastic friends, you’ll have had a right laugh the whole time, and you’ll have performed in a fantastic show! If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, please just email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get in touch with you.