13 - 16 June 2018, Annex Theatre Southampton
For the first time in its history, LOpSoc performed Patience, the sixth operatic collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan.
The original show is a love story set in a parody on the aesthetic movement of the 1870’s and 80’s. However, it comments more broadly on fad culture in general, and the superficiality and pretentiousness of such movements. Therefore, from the Victorian countryside, LOpSoc's Patience was moved onto an early 2000’s bustling London street. Rather than Oscar Wilde-like dandies, the poets became avant-garde hipsters. The cavalry regiment became a rugby team, and Patience went from milkmaid to barista. A unique production that brought this comedic ‘coming of age’ story into the 21st Century!
A group of trendy young ladies in London, rapturously caught up in the hipster fashion, are in love with two promising rival poets. But the poets have no interest in the ladies, as they are both fighting for the love of Patience, a simple barista, who cares nothing for fashion and has never been in love all her life. Patience believes that true love must be completely unselfish - it must wither and sting and burn! Meanwhile, the players of "The Dragoons", the local rugby team, are all broken-hearted as the ladies have eyes only for the hipster poets. Even though they don't see the point to fashion, the team decides to give it a try in order to win the ladies' hearts...