THINK today’s politicians are away with the fairies? Then take a look at the latest stage production from Haworth West Lane Baptist Amateurs, the political satire Iolanthe.

Group spokesman Ian Dobson said: “Chaos in Parliament is not a recent thing. When Gilbert & Sullivan first produced their comic operetta Iolanthe in 1882 it was current satire.

“It contained references to Parliament and the House of Lords being infiltrated by Stephon, an Arcadian shepherd, causing lords to tremble as privileges were under threat.”

Ian said audiences watching the show between November 11 and 16 would see a lot they were used to as Strephon, who is actually half-fairy, is pushed into Parliament by his fairy family.

Ian said: “ In the best Gilbert & Sullivan tradition this is played out with memorable songs and comic dialogue – political satire was alive and well long before Brexit! The music is all wonderful and has stood the test of time since the original production.”

The group is performing Iolanthe as a tribute to its former musical director and founder member Terry Lofthouse, who died recently. Ian added: “It was his favourite show and we intend to do him proud.”

Performances will be nightly at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

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