Review by Mrs King, English Department
“Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum…”.
Well how else should a story about pirates begin? From the very start, the Year 10 cast totally engaged the audience with their vibrant piratical romp. We were treated to loud drinking songs, lots of swash and an equal amount of buckling, ‘ah-ha Jim lads’, miscreant parrots, dastardly deeds, some love interest, a cheese-eating castaway and, of course, the inevitable lost treasure.
The story kept a vigorous pace and I was impressed by the way the cast members delivered fast-flowing one liners. They made what could have been a complex plot very easy to follow. The characters were presented with clarity and they were believable. The show clearly appealed to all ages. To amuse one’s fellow students and to hold the attention of a group of 3 to 5 year olds for over an hour is no mean feat.
Special mention should go to Ahmed K, who embraced his character admirably as a rather foppish Jim Hawkins, and Hermione D-M, who was very polished in her role as the duplicitous Long John Silver. Additionally, who could forget Lella S as a highly irregular Captain Flint and Calum A as the cheese-obsessed Ben Gunn?
Shows succeed on the strength of the actors, but also of course the dedication of the director, so well done to Mrs Parker and her experienced back stage team for pulling everything together to create such a smooth, cohesive and, most importantly, enjoyable hour’s entertainment.
Did I mention cheese…??