Pirates, parrots and mermaids set sail on the high seas to Birmingham’s Southside in a thrilling all-singing, all-dancing production of Treasure Island. 

The cast of lovable rouges are spreading festive cheer at The Old Rep Theatre as they hunt for buried jewels. The intimate theatre is completely transformed into the ship Hispaniola (or Hispan-yo-ho-ola) and the audience becomes ship mates for the journey. 

The lively production has been brought to stage by Scott Ritchie and young talent from Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA). Scott has remained true to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of brave buccaneers and buried gold, while introducing the story into the modern day. The most obvious change being that the role of Jesse was written as female, proving that girls can have just as many adventures as the boys! 

We’re first introduced to hero Jim Hawkins (Gianni Cantone) and best friend Jesse (Charlotte Swarbrick) as they set sail to find the buried treasure and unlock the mysteries of the island. But it’s not all plain sailing as the ship is boarded by notorious villain Long John Silver who wants the treasure all for himself. 

The show was filled with catchy musical numbers which will get the audience singing along. Cast members played a range of instruments on stage during the fun dance numbers, replicating the iconic image of a pirate ship and its crew.

The whole family will enjoy classic “he’s behind you,” moments and cheeky audition interaction with the energetic ensemble cast. The range of gags was great and will have both parents and adults alike cracking up.

Treasure Island will run at The Old Rep until 3 January. For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.oldreptheatre.co.uk

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