There are some things that go with Christmas without saying. Crackers, turkey, mince pies, carolling and pantomime. This year the Anglo Cypriot Theatre (ACT)’s theme is pirates and hidden treasure when it takes us to Treasure Island for six performances as of Saturday.
It all begins with the new lodger at the Admiral Bimbo Inn, the decrepit old sea dog Billy Fishbones. Former first mate of the notorious pirate Captain Squint, he is being hunted by Long John Sliver (the baddies, so be sure to let the other characters know when he is behind them) and pirates who sailed with Squint, for he has stolen the map showing where Squint’s treasure is buried.
When Billy dies, landlady of the Admiral Bimbo, Mrs Ladd and her son Jim search his chest for money to pay for his stay. They discover the map which they take to Squire Polpero. He immediately mounts a voyage to search for the treasure. The plot thickens when he unwittingly hires Long John as the ship’s cook and Long John recruits the pirates who sailed with Squint as crew for the voyage. The ship sails with a chorus of pirates on board – who will join together in song and dance – but also with Jim and Nancy (daughter of the Squire) who stowed away on the ship.
Will the pirates take over the ship? Will they find the hidden treasure or will Jim save the day? All will be revealed with acting, pirating around and singing and with dancing by dancers from the London School of Ballet.
Tickets are €14 for adults and €7 for children from four to 12-years-old.
ACT presents a traditional Christmas pantomime. November 25-26 and December 2-3. Russian Cultural Centre, Nicosia. Saturday: 3pm and 7.30pm and Sunday: 3pm. €7/14. Tel: 99-168638