Avast behind, shipmates! And stand by to go about for a hugely successful pantomime version of everybody’s favourite swashbuckling classic – Treasure Island.
‘Treasure Island – The Panto’ brings you all the very best of traditional pantomime, including custard pies, exploding cannon, gaudy costumes, and absolutely no opportunity missed to press-gang the audience right into the thick of the seafaring action!
And all this played out against the glorious Technicolor backdrop of the high seas, where the heroic derring-do of unfeasibly good-looking goodies is pitted against the fiendish skullduggery of unbelievably gruesome baddies!
From eye-patches and treasure chests, to poop decks and peg-legs. Some poor unfortunates even get forced to walk the plank into a (concealed!) monster paddling pool! (Shark-infested, naturally). And of course, there’s Cap’n Haddock, a giant talking pantomime parrot!
Jim Ladd – youthful hero of our seafaring yarn – stumbles across a mysterious map, showing the whereabouts of the buried treasure of infamous pirate captain – Squint.
In the company of Mrs Ladd (Jim’s mum and indomitable pantomime dame), together with Squire Polperro, Doctor Liversausage and Captain Smellit, Jim sets out to recover the treasure – blissfully unaware that the vessel they embark on, is crewed by none other than Squint’s old gang, led by the rascally, one-legged Long John Slither, and his disreputable henchmen Israel Feet and Blind Pewk!
A roller-coaster ride of adventure ensues, both aboard ship and on Treasure Island itself, during which we encounter a variety of other madcap panto characters – not least, Squint’s potty old tea-lady, Bertha Gunn, and a brace of marooned Spanish lunatics!
Cutlass duels, gruesome punishments, and heavy name-calling, all form essential ingredients of a buccaneering plot sure to delight youngsters and adults alike. An absolute must for anyone addicted to either pirates or pantomimes!
Cast: M12, F6, M or F 1. Extras – as many as you like
Provision is made in the script for the inclusion of fourteen musical numbers. This could be cut down if required.
Published and licensed for performance by Samuel French Ltd.
Squire Polperro. Oons Sirrah! An archetypal product of the public school system
The Honourable Nancy Polperro, Squire Polperro’s adorable daughter, and principal girl
Dr Liversausage, a seafaring quack
Captain Smellit, a taciturn sea captain
The Scum of The Seven Seas:
Billy Fishbones, an inebriated old ex-pirate
Long John Slither, a charming (but wholly untrustworthy) amputee, ha ha!
Pink Dog, a thoroughly villainous female pirate
Blind Pewk, a visually challenged pirate
Israel Feet, a pirate
George Merry (who isn’t!) a pirate
Seamus ‘Groundbait’ O’Flaherty, an Irish buccaneer
Jim Ladd, a brisk young spark and principal boy
Mrs Ladd, Jim’s mum, and pantomime dame
Bodmin, the Squire’s faithful (but completely useless) lackey
Bertha Gunn, a potty old ex-pirate and tea lady
Captain Haddock, a Guatemalan crimson parakeet
Don Iguana Del Anaconda Con Queso, His Most Catholic Excellency, the Spanish Ambassador to Guadeloupe
Donna Estella Del Torremolinos y Chimichanga, a sumptuous Hispanic beauty
Assorted pirates, belike.