Sweet & Low: The Right Down Reg’lar Ruddy Racism of Gilbert & Sullivan

Gabriel Nathan
8 min readJan 17, 2022
Behold; the source material. (Author’s own photo of his own books, computer, plant, etc.)

I first realized that Gilbert & Sullivan were problematic before I had ever performed in my first operetta. At age 23, I had graduated over a year earlier with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. Unsure of how to use that professionally, I was thinking about dipping my toe into the waters of community theatre; specifically Gilbert & Sullivan. I had loved Sullivan’s bright…

Gabriel Nathan

Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He drives an old VW year round and wears corduroy trousers in the summer.