Gobsmacked Theatre Company and The Pleasance Theatre Trust present the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Premiere of  ONCE WERE PIRATES  by award winning playwright, Emilie Collyer.  Supported by Arts South Australia

 ONCE WERE PIRATES investigates notions of contemporary masculinity and in particular how young men navigate a complex and dangerous world without a unifying code of values to guide them.

 Shane and Gareth are Pirates who have somehow been marooned in the present. They soon learn that the world of the present is vastly different from the world they have come from – it is infinitely more confusing and frightening. As Shane says, ‘this world is a nightmare. People fueled by self- pity and entitlement with no moral code. The wealthy – a master race apart. It’s dusk in the second age of reason.’ And as Gareth says ‘We can’t stay here. There’s nothing we can do to stop it. The mass exodus, the diseases and the accidents, the drownings and tragedies and killings…children… Everything! The world.’ How will they survive – how will we all survive? The production incorporates original songs, striking visual imagery and a robotic parrot called Dennis.

ONCE WERE PIRATES features two of Adelaide’s finest young male actors Joshua Mensch and Kyron Weetra and is directed/produced by David McVicar.

Tickets can be booked in the following way:

Online:        Pleasance.co.uk

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By Phone:   Edinburgh: 0131 556 6550    09:00 – 22:00 (Monday-Sunday)

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In person from the Edinburgh Box Office at The Pleasance Courtyard or The Pleasance Dome


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Venue:  Pleasance 10 Dome – Venue 23

Performance dates:  2/8/17 – 27/8/17 (not 14th & 15th) at 13:20 Running time: 60 minutes

Tickets: £6.50 – £11

First review date 2/8/17 at 13:20 – To book review tickets for this show please contact The Pleasance Press Office 0131 556 6557 press@pleasance.co.uk

Media contact: David McVicar email: hanfred@chariot.net.au

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