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Treasure Island review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘delightful’

Rachel Born and Bananas the monkey in Treasure Island at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

LP Creatives’ splendidly costumed duo Tom Beard and Rachel Born blend professional flair with zestful enthusiasm in their highly entertaining, pantomime-style adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ever-popular classic pirate tale. With rapid costume and vocal changes, they vividly conjure its colourful buccaneers – Billy Bones, hugely bearded Ben Gunn and fearsome Captain Flint – but mostly focus roles as wily Long John Silver and young Jim Hawkins respectively.

With minimum props – a silver treasure chest, barrel and ship’s wheel – setting the scene, and an inventive backcloth of colourful images enlivening the action, they pursue their nautical quest in engagingly rollicking style. Panoramic visuals are a key element, with sundry pirates offering clues to the treasure’s whereabouts, Sneaky Beaky the parrot giving lively comment, and Bananas the monkey finally joining him as endearing on-stage puppets.

Pantomime-style audience involvement comes aplenty, with Boogie Gold Treasure Dance every time a treasure-clue is found, children shrieking “look behind you” whenever Bananas vanishes, rousing songs such as A Pirate’s Life for Me and Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and kids on stage as instant pirates.

LP Creatives triumph with this bright, fast-paced action and fun-packed show. Devised for younger children, it hugely delights them – and the whole family, too.

Verdict
Delightfully appealing, pantomime-style version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic for younger children and all the family

Production Information

Production
Treasure Island
Venue
Gilded Balloon
City
Edinburgh
Starts
August 3, 2016
Ends
August 28, 2016
Authors
Robert Louis Stevenson
Adaptation
Tom Beard
Music
Ritchie Chappell
Director
Tom Beard
Design
Tom Beard (visual projection)
Set
Lorna Chappell
Lighting
Lorna Chappell
Sound
Ritchie Chappell
Costume
Alison Sykes
Technical
Ritchie Chappell (technical manager)
Cast includes
Tom Beard, Rachel Born
Producer
LP Creatives
Running time
1hr