Utopians Unlimited perform Patience


On Saturday 16 June, Utopians Unlimited will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience in Reigate Methodist Church, with all profits going towards the community centre building costs. Founded in 1980, Utopians have raised funds for many local churches by performing G+S operettas, fully costumed and staged, although without scenery.

Originally set in the 1870/80s, this production of Patience has been given a unique twist. Lynda Barrett-Mercer, director, and Jon Fox, producer, have set the operatic satire in 1928, on the cusp of the demise of black and white silent films in favour of the colour `talkies'. Instead of the central characters being two love-lorn poets and a simple village milkmaid of the 1880s, they have become an English silent film actor and a visiting American talkie actor. They both fall in love with the tea girl on the film set, who also happens to be a suffragette. And keeping with the theme, the rapturous maidens of the 1880s become film star groupies of the 1920s. Local residents form much of the cast of Patience including 10-year-old George Barnsley of Reigate. The musical director is Matthew Stainer.

Patience starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the centre office (10, or 5 for under 16's, including light refreshments). Utopians will also perform it at Christ Church Methodist, Addiscombe (23 June) and All Saints Kenley (30 June)