25th May, 2019

Double bill of delights set to kick off Astwood Bank carnival season in style

Ross Crawford 15th Jun, 2018

ASTWOOD Bank Operatic Society is helping to kick off the Astwood Bank Carnival season with a double bill of Sullivan without Gilbert: Two comic short shows – Cox and Box and The Zoo.

Cox and Box is what happens when an unscrupulous landlord is discovered double letting his rooms – Mr Cox and Mr Box separately work days and nights and only ever meet on the stairs – until the day one of them gets a day off ……

The Zoo tells two intertwined love stories: Two lovers who can’t marry because her miserable father doesn’t think him good enough; and the rich aristocrat who is looking for a nice simple, ‘ordinary’ girl to marry, and they both get more than they both bargain for.

“It’s light-hearted summer fun so please come along and enjoy,” said director Steve Skinner.

“We try to add some different colour / diversity to the local amateur operatic scene, offering a repertoire the other excellent local societies don’t normally provide.

“Not box-office blockbusters these days maybe, but nonetheless high quality music and drama by top composers and writers – and a culture worth preserving.

“We also like to give something back to the village with whom we share a name.”

The double bills are on Friday and Saturday, July 6-7 at St Matthias & St George Church in Church Road, Astwood Bank, and tickets are £10 with children under 12 free.

To buy, call Jean Chalk on 01527 63319.

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