King's Theatre, Thursday March 24th 7:30pm
Pirates of Penzance: an EDA-benefit performance   
The Pirates of Penzance is a well-loved traditional comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened for the first time in New York City and London in the 1880s and has thousands of performances both amateur and professional ever year since.

In the operetta, 21-year old Frederic is to be released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates on his 21st birthday.

But he was born on 29th Feburary in a leap year: it will be many more years beffore he has 21 birthdays! He meets the daughters of Major-General Stanley, including Mabel, and the two young people fall instantly in love, etc., until all ends well. Along the way the operetta pokes fun at many things, in catchy tunes and songs and delightful patter and parody. Updates here and there ensure a laugh at the officious idiocies of today as well the only too-similar ones of yesteryear.

The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society was formed in 1924 as an appreciation society. They began annual public performances in 1946 and this is now their main activity. They also perform concerts ranging from orchestral singalongs of the operas to smaller concert party visits to a variety of venues, such as churches and nursing homes. For each but one of the last 5 years EDGAS and the theatre have allowed EDA to take a collection as the audience leaves the theatre. They have also allocated a discounted block of Grand Circle tickets for Edinburgh DIrect Aid to sell to supporters, and allowed us the use of a meeting room where we can gather at 6.30pm and serve refeshments (performance starts at 7.30pm). After the performance, the members of the cast visit the gathering in costume, and much friendly discussion and banter ensues.

Tickets To book ticket(s) and have them await you at the box office under your name on the night, click here:

Music to bring Music The ticket proceeds and any other money donated at this event will go towards EDA's Music Project which brings music to Syrian refugee and vulnerable local Lebanese children in the area of Arsal (Northern Bekaa Valley) community.
The programme offers all 200 children in EDA's school in Arsal weekly musical educational and therapeutic sessions, and the same for the 52 children in EDA's Special Needs Centre ("Balsam Centre").
For children with disabilities, or those traumatised by the refugee experience, music is a wonderful way of releasing tension, forming relationships and helping to tackle trauma. It is a simple human process for which creates a safe place in which children can deal with their difficulties, express themselves and communicate with others. Enjoy the show! and at the same time, help bring joy to children who sorely need some joy in their lives.

Ukraine STOP PRESS: in view of current events the proceeds will be shared equally between the EDA's refugeen children music programme and the EDA Ukraine Fund
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