The Arcadians

Milborne Port Opera

Sadly, but inevitably, we have been forced to postpone our production of "The Arcadians". If you have already booked tickets, you should have received an email from us telling you how to claim a refund. If you would like to help us financially, please consider not claiming! Thank you for your support of MPO and we look forward to welcoming you back in happier times.


Picture: /images/w288/baker-harrisonsm.jpgMPO wins the double at the Somerset Drama Awards

Milborne Port Opera scooped two awards at the prestigious Somerset Fellowship of Drama David Beach Awards for musical theatre at Taunton on Saturday 7th March.

The group were nominated for a total of five awards for their last year's production of "Anything Goes". The two categories in which there were successful were-

Best made set – for the transformation of the Milborne port Village hall into an ocean liner. The adjudicator called it "A triumph".

Best male support actor – Matthew Baker for his portrayal of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. The adjudicator commented " This was a lovely standout performance using every ounce of your physicality to portray the character... great timing and comic ability"

Virtually every drama group in Somerset participates in these annual awards .It is a great honour to be nominated in this competition, which is rigorously adjudicated by a team of experienced performers and producers.



Picture: /images/w288/mpo-arcadians%20%283%29.jpg20 January 2020: Members of the Milborne Port Opera took advantage of the first sunny day for weeks to turn out at Henstridge airfield on Sunday 19 January to film the opening sequence for their latest show "The Arcadians", set in 1910, when air transportation was in its earliest days.

Tiger Moth Training, based at the airfield, kindly supplied the oldest aircraft they could find, not a 1910 model, but a restored Tiger Moth with sufficient vintage credibility to  baffle the pedantic brigade.

Milborne Port photographer Paul Gumbrell  shot the video, which depicts the hero of the show, James Smith, bidding good bye to his tearful wife and flying off to unknown lands.

To find out what happens to Jim (and to see the film), you will have to come and see the show, which plays the week after Easter. Bookings open on 1st March.


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