Comedy. 90-100 minutes. 8-20 females, 6-15 males (14-30 performers possible, plus non-speaking extras). Suitable for high school and older performers, elementary and older audiences.
Premiered at the Aberdour Players Youth Theatre (Aberdour, Scotland, UK).
The classic adventure story of buried treasure—and the original one-legged pirate with a parrot—gets a timely makeover, combining offbeat farce, sight gags and horrendous puns with a dramatic core that explores discrimination, privilege and greed. Unlike in Robert Louis Stevenson's book, where only one unnamed character is female, women are front and center as Long Joan Silver's young Jim Hawkins comes of age during the fateful voyage of the Hispaniola and the clash between an all-female pirate crew and Squire Trelawney, Doctor Livesey and the domineering Captain Smollett.