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State Opera South Australia will take a sprinkle of G&S FEST to this year’s Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

On the very opening day of the regional festival, Thursday 18 May, performers Rosie Hosking and Rod Schultz, accompanied by Penny Cashman, will present a special Cabaret style performance in Rymill Hall, taking the audience on a quirky, madcap and sentimental journey through the songs and times of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Titled Here’s a How-de-do, the one-off performance is set to recreate zany characters from the famous operettas The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore amongst others.

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival is setting the scene for a weekend filled with music, art, workshops and events: fill your diary with performances at the Coonawarra Hall on Saturday night and hum some tunes at an ‘Open Mic’ competition on Sunday afternoon at the ROAK Hotel. On Sunday, families are invited to head ‘Down the Lane’ as Petticoat Lane comes alive with activities for kids along with food, wine and music. Centered around a ‘Green’ theme, everyone is invited to join in the fun and wear something green, upcycled or recycled to celebrate.

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G & S Fest has now concluded and we thank you for attending and supporting the event.

Presented by State Opera in May 2023 the event was a celebration of the founding fathers of British comedy opera, Gilbert & Sullivan.

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