GET 'THE MIKADO' TO THE EXETER NORTHCOTT THEATRE
To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, Exeter University's longest running musical theatre society: Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan, are planning to perform Arthur Sullivan and W.S.Gilbert's most iconic satire, 'THE MIKADO' at the Exeter Northcott Theatre.
10 years after the last reincarnation of an EUGandS production of 'The Mikado' hit the Northcott stage, we are bringing the show back in style with a contemporary twist and a flutter of origami. Having great successes with our recent productions of Trial by Jury and Ruddigore we are hugely excited to tackle the G&S giant that is 'The Mikado'. But, for this to go ahead, we need your help!
About Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society is the only group at the University of Exeter dedicated to performing the works of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. Every year we put on at least one production at Exeter's flagship theatre: The Northcott. Our goal is to revive some of the greatest works of the 19th century and make them accessible to a contemporary (and often student based) audience, putting our own stamp on their work as we go!
We have a fantastic cast, orchestra and production team preparing our next challenge- The Mikado! Bringing students together from across a huge variety of disciplines and year groups, we hope to provide our student members with an invaluable experience working with a mix of people, as well as offering them the opportunity to perform in a professional theatrical venue. As this year is our 50th anniversary, it is particularly exciting as we are able to celebrate our extended history, whilst also preparing for the future of the society. Making 'The Mikado' a massive success is very important to us for the continuation of our reputation for bringing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan to life in an enjoyable and inspiring way.
About the Show
One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular and enduring works, The Mikado follows the antics of Nanki Poo, the son of the Mikado, and the hilarity that ensues in the Japanese town of Titipu when, disguised as a wandering minstrel, he arrives to declare his love for Yum-Yum. She was the beautiful Ward of Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor now raised to the exulted rank of the Town’s Lord High Executioner, under a set of equally amusing circumstances. Taking a satirical look at the British class system, The Mikado is a humorous, farcical show, underpinned with beautiful melodies that is not to be missed.
Our creative team are really keen to bring out the importance of relationships and the interplay between characters in this production- focusing distinctly on friendships and the development of closeness between the leads. Although G&S are known for wonderfully funny shows, it is an exciting challenge to draw out the elements of human nature that are certainly present in the libretto, but often missed for a focus on the comedic. By doing so, we intend to further the humour in the show, as well as provide insight into what it means to be an individual faced with (quite bizarre) difficult circumstances.
Simplicity in set and costume really allows for the acting and singing on stage to shine, and this is our intention for this production. Whilst Japanese elements will hark back to the traditional version of 'The Mikado' that we all know and love, a contemporary twist is in the pipe-line, as we hope to reinvigorate the piece for a modern audience.
Our Directoral Team are working exceptionally hard to make sure that our production of 'The Mikado' is exciting, envigorating and something a little bit different. To be able to put on an amateur show in a professional theatre, especially one as big as the Northcott creates many challanges, but this is something that simply inspires us to work harder!
What is your support going towards?
In order for us to have the opportunity to make 'The Mikado' our own, we need financial support. Putting on a production at the Exeter Northcott Theatre is an exciting but expensive venture for a student society, and one that we want to be able to continue for years to come. Performing in a professional space such as this provides our members so much, as well as allowing us to share our vision for some often forgotten pieces. Any donation that you are able to give, helping us to maintain our relationship with this theatre and continue producing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, would be very much appreciated.
Below is our very restricted budget for this production, to provide a sense of what your money will contribute to.
These costs are at the lowest amount with which we would be able to go ahead with the production. We are very keen to raise more funds so that we are able to be more creative with set and costume, as with a limited budget comes limited options! We have chosen creative individuals for our production team, so that all of our funding and donations are used as effectively as possible, so that our production meets our aims and does the original work justice!
Our income for this show comes from a variety of areas:
- Membership fees paid by our society members to be part of the show.
- Fundraising in the run up to the production, from September to January. We are intending to be very proactive with fundraising; with bake sales, pub quizzes and more already being prepared!
- Donations from regular supporters of our show.
- Crowdfunder support!
- Other funding and grants.
- Ticket Sales. Performing in the Exeter Northcott Theatre provides huge scope for a large audience (up to 460 people per night), which we are very much hoping to fill.
- We are also seeking sponsorship for the show from local businesses.
We really do want this show to surpass audience expectations and develop from our previous work. You can watch clips from our previous productions here: EUGandS Youtube Page
In return for your support, we have some fantastic rewards to give as thank you's! From programme's to free tickets, there are lots of different things to choose from. Some of our rewards are limited, so if you are keen to donate, do so as soon as you can to ensure you get the best choice!
For more detail about the rewards available please see the full reward descriptions in the righthand column (on desktop browsers) or when you click the ‘Support Us’ button.
We are always keen to answer any questions you may have about our society, show or crowdfunding campaign. If you have got any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society is part of the University of Exeter Students' Guild, a Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Charity Number: 1136468, Company Number: 7217324; registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Devonshire House, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4PZ.