H. M. S Pinafore
Arthur Sullivan & W. S. Gilbert.
Director: Kate Gaul
Original Music Director: Zara Stanton
Music Director: Antonio Fernandez
Choreographer: Ash Bee
Production Designer: Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer: Becky Russell
Sound Designer: Nate Edmondson
Original Production included Katherine Allen, Jermaine Chau, Rory O’Keefe
Hayes Theatre 2019
Regional NSW Tour 2020
Sydney Festival 2021
“(Gaul’s) take on the show manages to encompass … the gentle boundary-pushing of the original text, our local tradition of sending up the classics, and the meta-textual, pop-culture referential riffing... And she does it all through a confident, unapologetically queer lens.
Why stage H.M.S PINAFORE at the end of 2019? Because it can be a celebration of living outside your expected social role. It can be a queer party. It can be funny and sweet, and clever." ★★★★ TIME OUT
"Under director Kate Gaul’s command, Gilbert and Sullivan's classic finds new vigour as genderfuck carnival.
If the class plot is unrelatable, the norm-busting use of gender scrapes off the HMS PINAFORE’s barnacles. With wit, style, and thrill, this production is relentlessly entertaining. "Love can level ranks” - and this revel ranks high. ★★★★ CITY ROCK JESTER
“The show is bursting with talent and expertise and basically it’s all joy and effervescence for the rest of the voyage.” ★★★★ STAGE NOISE
“Turning the topsy-turvy of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s 1878 operetta inside out, this saucy staging of H.M.S. PINAFORE is a delight from bowsprit to the sternpost.” ★★★★ AUDREY JOURNAL
“Kate Gaul reinvigorates the comic operetta for an audience today, giving it a fabulous, fresh spin with her gloriously camp, glittery, cross-gender production.” ★★★★ LIMELIGHT
Production Photography: Claire Hawley
Hero Image: Harvey House Productions
Model: Lara Lightfoot
Hair & Makeup: Natalia Ladyko