Pirate’s Rock 2 The Souls of the Lost, written and directed by Barry Levy, assisted by Emily Elizabeth Hein, is a swashbuckling family adventure about pirates, lost treasure and creepy curses. A follow up to the original Pirate’s Rock, we are reminded of the original story by Peter Sebastian’s dulcet tones and some flashback scenes before launching into the new adventure.
Two pirate crews, the Renegade Pirates and the Outlaw Pirates are stranded on Pirate’s Rock, a mysterious island inhabited by the Rebel Tribe and the Ocean Tribe. With the pirates are the young navigator, Wreck (Catherine Kenny), and Ripp (Joe Gordon) and Pipp (Emily Elizabeth Hein) who are searching for their parents who travelled to the island years before. Wreck is also looking for a enigmatic blue diamond which his hidden somewhere on the island.
The play is performed on a near empty stage with simple pieces of set being brought on from time to time. This keeps the pace up and ensures that the time spent on set changes is minimal. The costumes are very well put together and supported by some beautiful make up.
There are some strong vocal performances in the songs but for future performance care needs to be taken with the dialogue which on occasion was too quiet and rushed, meaning that the words were lost. Pirate Grace (Emma Moriarty) and Pirate Manson (Luke Bennett) singing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is particularly effective. Rockstar Rebel (Alex Lacey) also has very strong vocal skills and her opening of the second half of the performance is very memorable.
The choreography, by Karl Newsam, Emma Moriarty and Jessica Lee, is excellent in places and the many members of the cast deserve praise for some of their acrobatic dance moves.
There are a number of sub-plots in the story which does mean that some of it can be a little difficult to follow but overall the cast work well together and relationships are clearly defined.
Kenny’s performance as Wreck is exceptional exploiting elements of slapstick comedy and powerful stage presence. The villain, Finn (Colin Jones) is a fantastic pantomime performance which had the audience booing every time he came onstage.
Keefy Steve as Sir T Lansdale, is an excellent comedy portrayal and very memorable considering the short amount of time he spends on stage.
The exciting adventure story and regular songs mean that this is a great story for children and there were plenty of laughs for the adults too. Some emotional scenes round out the story and make Pirate’s Rock 2 an experience you won’t soon forget.
Pirate’s Rock 2 is being performed again at the Hope Street Theatre on 8 November. The evening show is sold out, but tickets for the matinee performance are available here.
Please let me know if you see the show and what you think of it.
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