Exuberant Treasure Island at Budleigh Salterton
PUBLISHED: 18:30 09 November 2017
Prior Commitment’s recent exuberant version of Treasure Island delighted packed houses at Budleigh Public Hall in aid of St Peter’s School Library, writes Delia Pemberton.
Steve Andrews’s hilarious script was satisfyingly stuffed with terrible jokes and puns, provoking the obligatory cheers and groans from the audience. At the same time, the lively plot provided ample scope for talented local actors, dancers and musicians to show off their many and varied skills.
Ross Parsons stole the show as the drunk, lustful and incompetent Captain Willy Scuttles, whose romantic entanglement with widow Scantillic Ladd (geddit?) had the crowd in stitches. Simon Blissett, as the lady herself, made a superb dame, resplendent in full drag complete with outrageous wigs and a fine line in bawdy banter.
The villain, Silver Longjohns, was played by Kevin Tyrrell, charming and wicked by turns, while juvenile leads Nathan Wakefield and Shivani Chambers won hearts as the hero and heroine Jack Ladd and Nancy Creamycott. Great fun!