Primary Times Children's Choice Awards review of Treasure Island
Our Primary Times' review:
Treasure Island has been adapted by Dominic Male from the children’s classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. The swashbuckling began when I entered the theatre with my 9 and 7 year old daughters. The characters interacted with us as we found our seats and made jokes and pulled funny faces.
This was the highlight of the show for Eva (7) who said “It was really funny when the parrot kept saying hello to me over and over again”. As the show began, the young audience looked excited about what was to come.
Jim Hawkins sets sail on the Hispaniola in search of Captain Flint’s mysterious bounty. On his journey to find the treasure he comes up against Long John Silver and has to avoid the curse of the black spot. The action involves death and violence which is interspersed with some comedy and slapstick.
The show is advertised for children aged 4+. Holly (9) said “I think the show is suitable for children over 8 years as it was too frightening for some of the younger kids”. The plot is difficult to follow at times but the cast were fully committed to their roles and performed with energy and passion. Older children may enjoy this gruesome adventure on the high seas.
Our young reviewer says:
"It was really funny when the parrot kept saying hello to me over and over again” - Eva, aged 7
“I think the show is suitable for children over 8 years as it was too frightening for some of the younger kids” - Holly, aged 9
Reviewed on 6th August 2019