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Updated image attached - Young shipmates climb aboard for a barrelful of fun

Date: 29/10/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

PLEASE USE UPDATED IMAGE ATTACHED More than 30 children from Medway got together for some swashbuckling fun at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham on Wednesday. Wearing home made hats, bandanas, breeches and eye patches and brandishing plastic swords, they gathered on the deck of HMS Gannet (1878), one of the Dockyard’s most popular attractions. But passers by had no reason to fear the swashbuckling crew of young rascals, as they were on board to help launch Treasure Island, a stunning musical version of R L Stevenson’s classic tale to be staged at The Brook Theatre in Chatham this Christmas. Children aged as young as four made their own pirate outfits so they could look the part, and meet the cast of the show – an ensemble of young performers from Medway’s dance and drama schools, and of course, Long John Silver, played by actor Mick Strobel, There was also a special prize for the best-dressed pirate of the day. Brother and sister Samuel How, aged six and Rebecca How, aged nine, from Gillingham won a family ticket to see the show this Christmas. Treasure Island is produced by Blunderbus Theatre Company, which was founded in Medway 10 years ago. Blunderbus has received continued acclaim for adapting classic children’s literature for the stage and now plays all over the UK to more than 100,000 children and adults a year. This year’s production is suitable for children aged five and over, and runs at The Brook Theatre from Friday, 12 to Sunday, 28 December. Tickets start at £8 for children and are available from the box office on 01634 338338 or online at www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking ENDS Please use images attached For further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338338 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk