Aye aye shipmates! Welcome aboard The Old Rep Theatre! Last week, we were invited to attend the Treasure Island show along with a few other bloggers from the Midlands. Treasure Island is currently stage until the 3rd January 2016 and includes matinee and evening performances. If you like a good pirate adventure featuring fascinating characters inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, then you should check out this Treasure Island show. This show is brought to the stage by Scott Ritchie and Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA).
This magical production is suitable for all the family. Expect peg-legged pirates, talking parrots and a thrilling voyage as we embark on this exciting adventure on board the good ship Hispaniola. It features tunes such as “Fifteen Men on the Dead Man’s Chest, Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum” and many more pirate style music!
The Old Rep Theatre is really close to Birmingham New Street station and it is quite easy to access. There are plenty of parking around the theatre within walking distance. But do be aware that traffic in Birmingham can get quite jammed, so it is always best to ensure you have plenty of time to spare.
When we arrived at the theatre, we were entertained by a few friendly pirates with some great sea shanty / pirate music. While we took our seats, yet again there were pirates dancing and singing with the audience so this really got us into the mood if we weren’t already.
The show started promptly and within minutes there was music and singing. It was great how the cast interacted with the audience by getting them to their pirate move and with the shouts of “he’s behind you!”. The story is easy to understand for younger children and captivating for both adults and children alike. The music is fun and there were some excellent vocal performances. In particular, the mermaid princess’ song made quite an impression. I don’t want to go into much detail about the whole storyline to avoid spoiling it. I would recommend the show to anyone, especially fans of a jaunty adventure – you will not be disappointed. It is about 2 hours long including an interval.
Disclosure: We were provided free entrance for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.