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VIDEO: Gravesend bursts into song during flash mob

PUBLISHED: 12:54 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:01 13 October 2015

The Gilbert & Sullivan flash mob

The Gilbert & Sullivan flash mob

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The flash mob took place on New Road

Gravesend was struck by a flash mob earlier today.

Just after midday, Gravesend shoppers were interrupted from their shop when one man burst into song.

One by one, New Road in Gravesend, was filling with more performers, who had been posing as shoppers in the town centre.

The flash mob started with one man singing from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.

As the group gathered, more and more joined in singing ‘British Tar’ from the 19th century musical.

Before the public could even tell what was happening the performers were joined by women wielding umbrellas.

The performance jumped into ‘Joyous Shot’ from another Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical’s ‘The Mikado’ as song and dance filled the street.

After the performance the cast walked off in different directions, without stopping for explanation or pictures.

The street performance was put on by the cast of the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, with the flash mob over in under a minute and a half.

The performance was part of a promotion for Gilbert and Sullivan performances at the Woodville Theatre running this week, and includes performances of ‘HMS Pinafore’ ‘The Mikado’ and ‘The Gondoliers’.

The performance is currently available on Gravesham council’s YouTube channel, GraveshamTV.


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