The music of Arthur Sullivan and the original 1880 script by Canadian William Henry Fuller is brought to life by TrypTych Concert and Opera this coming October.
TrypTych plans to present two fully staged performances of H.M.S. Parliament with 9-piece orchestra and chorus. This is an extremely rare opportunity to see this uniquely Canadian piece of music theatre. The fact that this original satire by Fuller bases its characters on real-life political figures in 1880, including Sir John A. MacDonald, Sir Alexander MacKenzie, and Samuel Leonard Tilley makes it of important historical significance. These are key players in the early days of Confederation and the history of Canada. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring these characters to life as to educate and inspire our audience on the early history of Canadian confederation and the important part that these gentlemen had in it.
While Canadian politics may have changed over the past 150 years, Fuller’s sparkling wit spares the operetta from the worst excesses of Victorian sentiment and patriotism. The story line deals with the NP (National Policy) a protectionist “Canada First” policy that protected home grown industries (echoing the current “America First” sentiment south of the border.) In our current political climate these themes are surprisingly familiar. HMS Parliament satirizes the never ending political debates; free trade vs protectionist policies, conspiracies in government, financial mismanagement, dubious appointments in the senate, promises being kept and not being kept. If we ever needed to step back and take the long view of history, now is certainly the time. “Plus c’est change, plus c’est meme chose”