Pirates and wenches entertain the crowds
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.