Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures, and improbable paradoxes.
When Frederic was merely a boy, his Father instructed his nurse, Ruth, to have him apprenticed as a pilot. She thought he said 'pirate' and thus the many troubles began. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a problem. Born on 29 February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a child (and a Pirate!). Frederic falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Although very much in love, he is a slave to duty. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?
Featuring a wealth of talent, Wexford’s own George Lawlor takes to the stage as the swash-buckling Pirate King with Elizabeth Rose Browne cast in the comedic role of Ruth. Gary Stephens and Clare Kavanagh have been lined up to play the romantic leads, Frederic and Mabel with Pat Lawlor and Tony Brennan returning 20 years later to reprise their roles from the 2002 production as the Major General and Sergeant of Police.
Steering the Ship is another Wexford native, our Director, Thomas O’Leary. Fintan Cleary once again takes the baton as our Musical Director, with Eithne Corrigan taking her role as Chorus Mistress. We are delighted to welcome back Aisling Doyle as our Choreographer, tasked with whipping these Pirates, Policemen and Pretty Lasses in to shipshape.