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The Night Pirates

A fantastical moonlit adventure with puppets and pirates... and a lovely moral to the story. Muddy writer Debbi Marco took Miss Four along for a rollicking ride.

When a small but brave boy, Tom is woken one night by strange noises outside his house, he wonders if it could be trolls, monsters or ogres…but actually it is girl pirates stealing (or should we say borrowing) the front of his house and when Tom asks to join the crew, an adventure begins.

On stage at the intimate and very child friendly Rose Theatre in Kingston until Sat 16 Sept this classic bedtime story, The Night Pirates by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, is brought to life.

The girl pirates are very different from all other pirates around as instead of stealing things from innocent people, they steal treasure from other pirates and return it to its rightful owners.

Of course the audience is invited along for the ride and so begins a near hour (50 minutes) of rollicking songs and dance, and of course the requisite booing as the baddy pirates appear on stage.

Tom and his pet cat help the girl pirates sail their boat (disguised by the front of Tom’s house) to the faraway island where they discover Captain Patch, the grown up baddy pirate, who is actually a big scaredy-cat.

Tom and the girl pirate crew come up with a plan of pirate hide and seek to scare Captain Patch into giving up his treasure…and it works.

Will Jennings is hilarious as Captain Patch and will give grown a chuckle as well as amusing the younger audience members.

The story is perfect for the stage and keeps little ones enraptured. The songs are catchy and the actors encourage the audience to be involved from the very start ensuring that children (it’s suitable for those up to six-years-old) can be part of the pirate crew and join in.

And the moral of the story is, that whatever your adventure, you’ve always got your home to go to – whether it’s a house or a boat!

With its pantomime-esque involvement, great songs and brilliant story, children are swept into the magical world. And the adventures don’t end when the play finishes, children are encouraged to use their imaginations and think about where Tom and the pirate girls may end up on their next adventure across the high seas, and if perhaps Captain Patch may actually become good after all.

 The Night Pirates is at The Rose Theatre in Kingston until Sat 16 September. rosetheatrekingston.org

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