"In times when evil casts his spell, all good pirates shall rise again!"
Things are not always what they seem. Take pirates for example, the name conjures up either a violent criminal gang of outlaw sailors or a band of comical two-dimensional children’s characters. In reality, many people fell into piracy to escape abusive lives or as a means to just survive the harsh realities of the time. Lawlessness was rife, not just amongst criminal types but right through society. From the poor who stole just to eat to corrupt government officials ready to line their own pockets at any cost.
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Anne, Read, Jack & McTavish
Sword Fighting Scene
Battle of Culloden Scene
This is not just another pirate show, this is a drama about four people, who through tragic circumstances and abuse, became murderous cutthroats, hellbent on robbery with violence and aggression. When given a second chance at life in this fantasy adventure, they turn from hardened criminals to heroes and champions for justice and the disadvantaged.
AMA Theatre Co. undertake extensive and initiative marketing strategies to raise awareness of the production in local areas and to create a personalised feel to the local community. You can read some examples of our marketing strategies by requesting a copy through firstname.lastname@example.org
To build awareness and interaction with local communities, we run a programme of workshops and immersive lectures on the history of piracy for all ages. We run workshops at the theatre or in local schools and community venues.
Our schools educational pirate workshop, Under the Brave Black Flag, can be obtained on request via email or by calling us on 01462481969.
Who are The Buccaneers?
There are four pirates who make up the Buccaneers. Anne Bonny - played by Annie Albici, Jack Calico - played by Ian Britten-Hull, Mark Read - Played by Pippa Lea and Angus (Jock) McTavish - played by Moneer Elmasseek.
Based on the real Anne Bonny who was one of the few female pirates. Anne left her abusive husband and ran away with Jack Calico. In our story, Anne joins a troop of gypsies who help her escape her troubled domestic situation. With a new carefree life, she meets new friend all with troubled backgrounds and they naturally all bond together. Anne is the strength and brains of the group and although she can be forthright and harsh at times, she cares deeply for others especially if they have suffered situations that were not their fault. She is a fighter for justice and will take onboard anyone needing a friend. She is the real captain of the ship and allows Jack to think he’s the captain although she is the one that holds them all together. Anne loves a good party and can drink and dance with the best of them. Anne really does know how to grab life by the scruff of the neck and make the most of living.
Jack is also based on a real pirate called John Rackham whose nickname was "Calico Jack" due to his flamboyant nature. Our Jack is also the flamboyant member of our crew. He thinks of himself as “the captain” but no one else does. That’s fine because it tickles his own ego and that’s really all that matters to Jack. He fell in love with Anne when they met in Nassau whilst under the King’s pardon, but after joining with Anne, he soon slipped back into his old ways of piracy, thirsty for adventure. Live for the present is Jack’s motto and all too often he acts on impulse getting not only himself into trouble, but everyone else as well. Jack never misses a trick; he is cunning and astute but doesn’t show it. He cares for his friends and like Anne will always fight injustice.
Mark was rescued from an abusive merchant navy sea captain on a raid and was the last member of the crew to join the happy band. Mark is kind and gentle and gives the group it’s human soul. He is also the one to advise caution when things might be getting a little out of hand, which happens quite often. He puts up with McTavish’s constant teasing because he knows McTavish only means it as a form of endearment. Mark is troubled by waking nightmares of a child and a prison cell, but what could they mean? Has it anything to do with the personal secret he tries to hide from everyone?
Angus McTavish or “Jock” as the crew call him is strong and forceful. He is the honourable warrior of the gang. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly and can easily fly off the handle. That said, his bark is far worse than his bite. He is the intellect of the group and is the planner. Jock is always there at his friends’ side when fighting for justice and fair play. McTavish’s claim to fame is he was the one who killed Edward Teach otherwise known as “Blackbeard.”
After Jack and Anne were captured, Jock escaped and returned to his native Scotland to join the Jacobite rebellion. He died a hero fighting for his country on the famous battlefield of Culloden.
On Tour from 2023 / 2024
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Staging is designed to be flexible for varying stage sizes. The Minimum space required is 5M wide by 4M deep and 3M high. The set expands to a maximum of 8m wide by 6m deep and 5M high. We use two mini mist machines and toy caps in the flintlock pistols.
We also have an outreach programme that is a unique experience for the educational programme that can accompany the production, for students to explore the history of pirates under the famous people in history, as subject. Contact us to discuss this.
Meet The Cast
Annie Albici (Anne Bonny)
Annie was born in Romania to a theatrical family. Her stage appearances include many of the big theatres in the UK, including the London Palladium. She has toured extensively accross the UK with pantomimes, plays, cabaret and workshops. Her TV roles include Bad Girls, The Generation Game and Blue Peter.
Ian Britten-Hull (Jack Calico)
Ian trained at Middlesex University and graduated in 1984. His first role was in the film Revolution with Al Pacino. Ian's stage roles include Macbeth for the English Shakespeare Company, Lord Henry in the European tour of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Bottom in a Midsummer Night's Dream. His TV credits include ITV's Kingdom, Emmerdale, Brookside & Room at the Bottom.
Pippa Lea (Mark / Mary Read)
Pippa is an accomplished actress, singer and dancer. She studied Musical Theatre at the American Musical Theatre Academy in London 2011 and originated the role of Lexi in the play, the Feeling at the Other Place. Christmas 2022 has brought her much praise for the portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in Monsteers Artistry production of Wizard of Oz in West End.
Moneer Elmasseek (Angus "Jock" McTavish)
Moneer is no stranger to playing a pirate as he featured as Thomas Barrow in the Netflix series, The Lost Pirate Kingdom. Other roles includeKyle Jesmond in Silent Witness for the BBC, Shelock Holmes and Frankenstein's Monster. Moneer is also an accomplished writer, having written scripts for various theatre companies. He is currently producing his first film Fallout The Road to Tipperary.
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There are two show versions to choose from, a 1Hour Show and a 2Hour Show with interval; all fees are inclusive. The fee is set mainly to include all touring costs including transport, hotel accommodation where required, insurances and actor fees. To download the Brochure with prices and further information, click on the picture link above.