A Dukes Lancaster production
Friday, 23 November 2012 - Saturday, 5 January 2013
review by Alan Chard
The 2012 Christmas production at The Dukes, Lancaster is an adaptation of Treasure Island by Debbie Oates, who has written for TV including Coronation Street and children's programmes. The setting is truly local, Morecambe Bay. I was a little concerned when I read the initial press release that said Jim Hawkins had been replaced by Jem, a young girl living on the shores of Morecambe Bay, was this going to be a hark back to the dreadful days of principal boy being a girl in fishnet tights showing as much leg as possible? I need not have even entertained such thoughts!
This was a modern adaptation but it followed the major events of the original, black spots, a one-legged smooth-talking devious Silver, parrot and a devious crew all combined with music and pure theatrical action (two accordions no less, it's great to see this in a production). Presented in the round on a cleverly designed set this is a Christmas treat for all ages.
There is non-stop action from beginning to end, excitement and intrigue.
The audience were captivated, and those most critical members - the children - gave their own verdict on the way out. Many of them were singing the songs and doing the actions! What better recommendation can I offer?
Take the family to this and you are guaranteed an evening to remember.
Alan Chard, Novemver 2012