Black Dog; Israel Hands
Billy Bones; Dick
Blind Pew; Merry
Long John Silver
Captain Flint – The Parrot
Technical Crew Details:
Tim Young, Cliff Palmer, Geoff Shrub
Yo ho ho and all that jazz
By J. D. For The Croydon Advertiser, Friday December 13, 1974
Gunfights, sieges, mutiny at sea and treasure… what more could a vigorous young drama group ask for in the way of action?
Theatre Workshop – Coulsdon – a group of young people from a Further Education evening class – relished every moment of Bernard Miles’ verion of ‘Treasure Island’.
Producer/director Christopher Argles ensured that the play swung along at a merry pace, with scene changes carried out swiftly on the open stage to the accompaniment of sea shanties.
Long John Silver was his traditional swashbuckling self, portrayed by Stephen Swinscoe, complete with parrot on his shoulder, a crutch and his one leg. Cliff Palmer as Black Dog, and Peter Airey as Blind Pew, were both suitably cut-throat and the remainder of the pirate colleagues leaped around the stage sticking daggers into all and sundry.
The non-pirate parts are less colourful to play, but Liz Sutton made a good job of Jim Hawkins, and Rosemary Quin and Sarah Berwick played Dr Livesey and Squire Trelawney.
A plain black stage made an adaptable backdrop, whether for the tavern scenes, the storm at sea (which was most dramatic with the flaying ropes, sailors thrown about the deck and the flashing lightning) or for Treasure Island itself.