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Media invite: Young shipmates climb aboard for a barrelful of fun

Date: 27/10/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

It's a crew Captain Jack Sparrow would be proud of. More than 30 children will be donning the bandanas and breeches during this autumn break, as they climb on board HMS Gannet (1878) at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham on Wednesday, 29 October at 11am. They'll be helping to launch Treasure Island, a stunning stage version of R L Stevenson’s classic tale to be staged at The Brook Theatre this Christmas. Young actors from the show's ensemble will be dressed in their pirate costumes, along with children from the Medway area who have been invited to join in the fun and win a prize for the best dressed and most fearsome looking pirate. They'll also have a chance to meet the cast of the show, including, of course, Long John Silver, played by actor Mick Strobel. The hero of the story, Jim Hawkins, will also be on deck. The part of Jim will be played by two young people from Medway, who won the chance to share the role at open auditions earlier this year. Stevie Clark and Georgia Murray, both aged 13, will be playing Jim on alternate performances throughout the run. Treasure Island is produced by Blunderbus Theatre Company, which was founded in Medway 10 years ago and now plays all over the UK to more than 100,000 children and adults a year. The show runs from Friday, 12 to Sunday, 28 December at The Brook Theatre in Chatham. Editors and photographers: you are invited to photograph the ensemble in costume onboard HMS Gannet, and to interview the principle cast members. Wednesday, 29 October at 11am, onboard HMS Gannet (1878), The Historic Dockyard Chatham. To confirm your attendance please RSVP to Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk