Online Streaming on 29th & 30th May at 8pm - Tickets on sale soon, so watch this space...!
It’s time to live again!
For over a year everyone has been in lockdown and unable to do all the things we normally do. The Buccaneers have been #locked_down in Davy Jones' Locker for over 200 years, but now they live again. Just like us, they want to live life to the full, once more....
The show combines well known folk and drinking songs to lift the spirits with comedy routines and repartee amongst the pirates as they celebrate their new lease of life. There are moments of sadness and empathy when we discover their own background stories on how and why they became pirates. We therefore realise, why they are so boisterous and excitable now.
Do not think this is a show to sit and watch because the audience are very much part of the show too. There is treasure to find by solving clues and competitions to get you thinking. Just be aware that when the cry goes up “press gang”! the pirates are looking for recruits to join them in some silly antics on stage!
So, what a great way to celebrate the lifting of lockdown by joining The Buccaneers as we all “Live Again”!
The online show
Like all theatre companies we were unable to perform live during the pandemic and we had to move online. We produced both live and recorded shows from our studio theatre including The Buccaneers. Not only were we unable to take the live show of the Buccaneers out for live performances, but we were also prevented from working with other actors who would normally play the other pirates because of social distancing. There was only one thing to do and that was to play all the parts ourselves. Using computer technology and filming special effects we were able to bring the Buccaneers to life on the screen. Not only did we play all the parts, but we did everything else too, such as build the set, make the costumes, film all the scenes and edit them. It has taken us over four months to produce the show and we hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed making it. As you watch the show, just remember there are only two actors in the whole of the production!
The online version of the show was filmed as a theatre show live on stage but interlaced with video sequences to help dramatize the story.
Going live again
We are really excited about being able to bring The Buccaneers to live audience this year and we are working hard to promote and organise live performances across the UK. The live shows have been produced to be fully adaptable for various settings. There is the theatre production and a cabaret style version. There is also a festivals version which can be performed outside.
We are pleased to announce that two of the Buccaneers will be making guest appearances at the QBE country shows this summer, so why not come along, and join in the fun.
Who are the Buccaneers?
There are four pirate who make up the Buccaneers. Anne Bonny, Jack Calico, Harry (cutthroat) Bates and Angus (Jock) McTavish. The Buccaneers are no ordinary pirates as although they have a rough exterior, they all have hearts of gold. All four of them came together from tragic backgrounds and in their own way formed a family dependant on each other.
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 she saved him from deportation for a crime he did not commit. In fact, it was Anne who committed the crime and Jack got blamed for it. But he doesn’t see things with any depth. Live for the present is Jack’s motto. It is unfair to say Jack is thick, he just doesn’t think for himself very often and acts on impulse most of the time. It’s just as well Anne is there to reign him in every so often. 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.
Harry 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. Harry 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. Harry has a very guarded secret which creates such a shock when it finally comes out. It may explain why McTavish is fond of Bates, but it is nothing to do with his nickname of “Cutthroat.” That is because of something else entirely.
Angus McTavish or “Jock” as the crew call him was injured at the battle of Culloden and rescued by Anne. She led him to safety where she nursed him back to health. Ever grateful for her kindness, Jock would do anything for Anne and of all the crew he is the one that understands her the most. He knows the soul that lives beneath her gruff exterior. Jock is strong and forceful. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly and can easily fly off the handle. That said, bark is far worse than his bite. He is the intellect of the group and is the planner. He probably would not be a great friend of Jack in normal situations, but he respects him for being Anne’s husband. Jock is always there at his friends’ side when fighting for justice and fair play.