Pi­rates and wenches en­ter­tain the crowds

Townsville Bulletin - - Reviews - by Amanda Gray

PCYC and Pi­rates? Not a com­bi­na­tion I would have put to­gether my­self, but with the new part­ner­ship now aligned for 2011, Aitken­vale PCYC was the venue for the ‘‘ World Pre­miere" of The Out­back Play­ers’ Pi­rates of the Co­ral Sea theatre restau­rant on Fri­day night.

Wel­comed by wenches and a va­ri­ety of pi­rates, rang­ing in age and stature, my­self and my guest were seated front row and cen­tre for a story of a maiden in dis­tress, her pi­rate in shin­ing, al­beit some­what loose, ar­mour ( Willy) and a some­what con­fused Cap­tain Black.

Writ­ten by lo­cal ama­teur thes­pian, Toni-Lee Birch, Pi­rates of the Co­ral Sea cen­tres on our afore­men­tioned damsel, aptly named Princess ( Made­line Birch) who is the d a ught e r o f l o c a l t a v e r n o wn e r , C h a r l o t t e ( An g i e McLach­lan). Princess is kid­napped by the evil Cap­tain Crook. His plan? To sac­ri­fice Princess, in or­der to se­cure ‘‘ the gem of the Co­ral Sea". Her love in­ter­est, Willy, plots her res­cue with the un­wit­ting as­sis­tance of Cap­tain Black ( played by a charis­matic Peter Za­bala) who seems to have lost not only his crew, but po­ten­tially his mar­bles.

This tale has it all – das­tardly pi­rates, a sharp-wit­ted tav­ern cook, a ran­dom rogue croc­o­dile, mer­maids, a cy­clone and a Hooroo tribe all of whom are played with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Pic­ture Pi­rates of the Caribbean meets the Carry On crew and you’re al­most there.

You can tell this band of merry men and women are hav­ing a ball and in turn you do too.

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