Fanciful stagings of the escapades of Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Ching Shih - swashbuckling female pirates of the past - combine with intimate stories of personal piracy in the performers’ own lives.
See these bloodthirsty damsels out-sail, out-think, and out-fight every man on the high seas. How did they do it? How does a slip of a girl subdue a ship of salty sea dogs? Could she still do it today? Has her 21st century counterpart got the guts to stick a dagger between her teeth, fire a broadside and make off with the booty?
In The Pirate Project three women set sail in search of their inner pirate. Expect sword fights, theatrical storms and cross dressing aplenty. Ha Harrrr!
By stepping into the shoes of a seventeenth century Irish or eighteenth century Chinese pirate, the three female performers set out on a quest to discover something about being a woman in 2012. Playing out scenes about the rarely recorded cases of women who managed to become pirates, often passing themselves off as men, will lead us to consider female identity and the ambition and confidence that we as women do or do not possess in our contemporary lives.
What are the moments when we have felt most pirate-like? What would a code of conduct for being a pirate in modern life demand? And do we want to be more gung-ho anyway?
Created by: Lucy Foster with Chloe Dechery, Lucinka Eisler, Simone Kenyon, Philip Eddolls, Ian William Galloway, Fabiana Piccioli, Matilda Leyser, Phelim McDermott, Nick Powell, Nicole Charles & Sander Loonen.
Lucy Foster in co-production with Improbable
Lucy is a director, writer, and performer, and is Co-Artistic Director of Foster&Dechery. Lucy has been an Associate Director with Improbable since 2007.
“A delightful piece of theatre.... her humour is zany, creeping up on you with its odd, quirky vision of the world; her script is evocative and elegant, glinting with moments of tenderness and wistfulness ....(it) ends with one of the simplest and most beautiful images I have seen in the theatre recently.
”William McEvoy, The Stage on Lucy’s show, Oh My Green Soap Box
As part of an ongoing relationship between Improbable and our Associate Artists, The Pirate Project will be the second show to be supported as part of our 'Associate Artists Programme'.
The Pirate Project will be touring around the UK in Spring 2012.
13 -14 April
020 8369 5454
Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
01206 500 900
Northern Stage, Newcastle
18 – 20 April
0191 230 5151
*Post Show Discussion 18 April and Signed Performance 20 April
The Nuffield, Southampton
24 – 26 April
023 8067 1771
*Post Show Discussion 24th April
27 -28 April
0844 873 2888
*Post Show Discussion 27 April and Signed Performance 28 April.
Corn Exchange, Newbury
2 – 3 May
01635 522 733
* Post Show Discussion 2 May and Audio Described Performance 3 May.
0113 224 3801
Royal Exchange, Manchester
10 -12 May
*Post Show Discussion 10th May
15 May – 2 June
020 7582 7680
*Signed Performance 31 May, Audio Described Performance 1 June