The Pirate Project

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© Keith Pattison The Pirate Project at Ovalhouse, 2012

Directed by Improbable associate artist Lucy Foster, this devised show is a sort of swashbuckling storytelling presentation-cum-feminist self-help seminar. In it, co-devisors Chloé Déchery, Lucinka Eisler and Simone Kenyon each adopt a real historical female pirate as role model in an effort to help the three thirtysomethings reconnect with their 'inner pirate'.

It is a fun, fourth-wall-defying performance, in which piracy is used as cheery shorthand for independence and courage (not murder and pillage), something underlined by interspersed video interviews with elderly women offering non-nonsense advice on how to live life one's own way.

With an ocean of lurid historical fact for the performers to recount and speculate upon, 'The Pirate Project' is both a gleeful romp through the high times on the high seas enjoyed by Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Ching Shih and a pep talk on the importance of holding on to the self-possession of youth as middle age beckons.

It is not hugely original in form or content, but its unpretentious DIY chutzpah is thoroughly infectious.


Event phone: 020 7582 7680

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jolly good fun. sincere performances and a clever set. well crafted use of humour to diffuse the more solemn moments. a show about self discovery, with some girl power undertones. men should enjoy it too.