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Review - Treasure Island

What was described as MATE Productions most ambitious production as yet proved to be a truly inspiring and fun show.

MATE’s re-imaging of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 adventure novel, Treasure Island, a story of a boy’s magical quest for buried treasure.

The spectacular steampunk-inspired show directed and produced by MATE’s Gaynor La Rocca, involved more than 100 community actors, dancers, musicians, singers and volunteers from ages eight to 80-plus.

And what a truly fun voyage it was for all the family.

Set in the Prescot Woodland Theatre, which added to the atmosphere of the evening, we saw a talented cast set sail on an adventure of song, dance and music which straight away captivated the audience, even the very young pirate members of the audience.

From the outset of drumming and smoke you knew it was going to be a rousing show, the cast were fully immersed in their portrayal of their characters and fully engaged with the audience.

The journey gave us swashbuckling sword battles and song and dance routines that included a big finishing number that had the audience singing and clapping along.

Kristian Lawrence portrayed a convincing role as Ben Gunn, a highlight being a wonderful version of the ‘cheese song’; it will have you rolling in the aisles.  

There where wonderful roles from Clay Travis as Jim Hawkins, Francesco La Rocco as pirate Long John Silver and Cassie Richardson as Lady Jacqueline.

I would highly recommend pre-booking for Treasure Island as it tours this summer.

The show will be returning to Prescot on Saturday 14 July at 2pm and 7pm. The play takes place in Prescot’s leafy and idyllic ‘woodland theatre,’ in the ground of Prescot Parish Church and Vicarage.

It will also on at Croxteth Hall Walled Garden, Croxteth Hall Lane, Liverpool, L12 0HB on Saturday 7 July at 2pm & 7pm.

Ticket prices start at £8.80, and you can buy them from Jessie & Co (11 Leyland Street, Prescot, L34 5QP) or online at TicketQuarter.

Check out MATE’s website for further dates.

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