IT’S the ‘last hurrah’ in the 37 year history of The Argyle Society Inc, who will perform the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Trial by Jury tonight in the Goulburn Workers Club auditorium.
The Society was first formed by former Goulburn Teacher’s College principal Len Robinson and then lecturer Dr Paul Pavior in 1980.
It went on to host a number of productions around Goulburn, including several productions of Trial By Jury and many other Gilbert and Sullivan favourites such as Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and Yeoman of the Guard.
Tonight’s Trial By Jury will be directed by Society stalwart Kate Robinson, with musical direction by John Buckley and production by Richard Orchard and Jane Van Dorp, themselves well known local actors and former Argyle Society members.
Trial by Jury is essentially about a jilted ex-fiancee and well-known socialite, Angelina, who pursues a ‘breach of promise’ in court against her now ex-boyfriend Edwin.
Edwin is not known for consistency when it comes to love, and has often been accused of having a ‘roving eye’.
A synopsis of the play written by the late Len Robinson sums it up well:
“Global concerns with economic and political mayhem contract to insignificance compared to the prospective details expected to be revealed in Court to a hungrily receptive and conditioned Public,” Mr Robinson says.
“The Court Usher, an officer of immense dignity, takes it upon himself to offer some unofficial pre-instruction of the Jury, whose sentiments in any case appear to have already been influenced by numerous press releases of Angelina and her well turned ankles.”
The show will run this Friday and Saturday night from 7.30pm with a matinee performance on Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
Saturday night will also be the Gala Performance with pre-show entertainment provided by local musician Dr Paul Paviour and some of the cast members.
This is the ‘last hurrah’ for the Argyle Society, and they will officially ‘hand over the reins ‘to the newly formed group Rocky Hill Musical Theatre Company Incorporated (RHMTC).
“Thank you from all of us to all of you, for the years of support, love, friendship, applause and unforgettable memories,” Mrs Van Dorp said.
“We couldn’t have done it without you.”