Treasure Island

***

With the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, a production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure is timely. In this stripped down adaptation by Dominic Allen in a confined space and with minimal props, five actors play out the tale. Sea shanties provide the continuity between scenes.

The complex relationship between Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins is effectively conveyed by the two lead actors, as is the dual nature of Silver’s personality. If anything, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey can be seen as deceitful as Silver.

It is a complex story to stage and Director Joe Hufton succeeds in clearly conveying the action from the beginning in the Admiral Benbow Inn all the way through to the final conclusion.

Reviewed by Ben

C too; 4

2 to 27 August 2012 (not 14)

15.30 – 16.40

Fringe Programme Page Number: 330

Treasure Island

****
4 stars

There is so much to ‘Treasure Island that you would wonder if it is possible to do it justice in 40 minutes, but Hartshorn-Hook Production do this with a cast of only six. The adaptation is cleverly written cutting out all but the bare bones of the tale getting straight to the black spot. The direction is fairly tight with a few minor movement issues, which will no doubt be resolved soon.

The cast Jamie Wightman – Jim Hawkins, John MacLean – Squire Trelawney, Kate Stephenson – Doctor Livsey, James McWalter – Long John Silver, Gordon Restifo – Ben Gunn / Billy Bones and Rebecca Hawley – Blind Pew / Isabelle Hands all work together well, although one or two need to improve their projection.

All in all this is a rollicking adventure leading to a treasure of a show, with very little cheese.

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