A DUNFERMLINE theatre group is urging people to come to their latest production and support local amateur theatre. 

The Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society (DGASS) will be performing their latest production, Iolanthe, from Thursday, February 22 to Saturday, February 24, and are asking the public to consider supporting them. 

Dunfermline Press: The DGASS women at rehearsal The DGASS women at rehearsal (Image: Dave Wardle)

Clare White the publicity manager for the group, told the Press: "We’re doing Ioalnthe which was first performed in 1882 and was a bit of a poke and satire, in its day, of the British government and society.  

"We have tweaked it to make it more relevant. Our director has been very keen to adapt the script to make it relevant for today but at the same time, anyone who is looking for what they expect from a Gilbert and Sullivan isn't going to be disappointed either. We’ve kept it true."

The story follows the fairy Iolanthe who has committed the terrible crime of marrying a mortal. She has a son, who is half-fairy, and when he too wants to marry a mortal, Iolanthe decides to fight to change the law. 

While the story itself features some relevant plot points Clare has emphasised that the show is "not intended to be taken at all seriously".

Dunfermline Press: DGASS members at rehearsal DGASS members at rehearsal (Image: Dave Wardle)

She wants to emphasise that Iolanthe is full of wit and humour, and continued: "We want people to come along, leave their sense of credibility at home and enjoy the show for what it is. It’s fun, it’s nonsense, it’s colourful and the singing is lovely - our principles all have amazing voices, beautiful singing honestly and we’re always very lucky with our orchestra.  

"Everything is live, everything is vibrant, colourful, fun and we just want people to sit back, engage with the fun and enjoy an evening of music and laughter and singing and nonsense!"

While The Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society are an amateur group, they want to make it clear that they plan on delivering a quality production to their audiences. 

Clare added: "Yes it’s a production done by amateurs but we’re not wanting to put on an amateur production.

"We’re wanting to put on a production that people will feel is as good as any professional one that they’ve seen and to be able to that, we need the audiences. 

"I would like to make a plea to people to come along and support their local amateur theatre because we need the audience to survive. As much as possible, please come along to support us."

Iolanthe will be performed by the group in the Carnegie Hall nightly at 7.30pm from February 22 to 24 with a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm. 

Tickets can be purchased through the OnFife website, the DGASS website, from any cast members or by calling 07703 483083.