Review: The Pirates of Penzance, Taliesin Arts Centre
The Pirates of Penzance
Taliesin Arts Centre
Utilising every nook and cranny of space available, the stars of this wonderful new adaption of The Pirates of Penzance appeared to spend more time off the stage than on it.
Snarling pirates fought amongst the crowd; bumbling policemen peered from windows up above; fair maidens walked the isles; even the Pirate King himself veered off-stage to conduct those in the orchestra pit.
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Arguably the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas, this more-recent Broadway reimaging, performed by an immense cast of local actors from the Cockett Amateur Operatic Society, perfectly captured the spirit of the original, packed with mirth, music and merriment.
Starring the swashbuckling duo of Nick Packer as the wayward cutthroat Frederic, and Michael Aubin as a particularly Jack Sparrow-esque Pirate King, both did a fine job of leading the line in what was a thoroughly professional, well-oiled production.
With so many memorable tunes included, there was no shortage of sing-along, or clap-along, moments, including a rousing rendition of "I am the very model of a modern Major-General" from Ken Thomas, and several moments of sparkling individual brilliance from Cerian Forrest, whose high notes proved to be, quite literally, explosive.
A highly enjoyable, feel-good comic opera, that those performing appeared to be enjoying as much as those watching.