Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
We enjoyed a swashbuckling afternoon at The Hawth in Crawley watching the children’s production, Plundered. The exciting and dangerous life of a pirate is brought to the stage by Joe and Willow, from the Really Big Pants Theatre Company, Polly Parrot & Roger Rat. Suitable for children of primary school age its just 50 minutes long, perfect for the short attention span of the younger audience.
Joe Bromley and Willow Nash provide a brilliant performance as two children partnered together on a school trip to the maritime museum. Maggie is put together with Roy nerdiest boy from her class and she is not happy about it. She changes her mind when after a talk on pirates from the museum guide they find themselves spirited off to Captain Blackbeard’s pirate ship. The underlying theme throughout the show is saving the planet with a catchy song about reducing, recycling or reusing your waste tying the whole show together. Captain Blackbeard litters a beautiful tropical island and when the Maggie & Roy land there they are horrified to see animals harmed by plastic. They forget their differences and work together to clear the island, find the treasure and defeat Blackbeard. I was very impressed that the show managed to bring such a serious issue to young audience in a fun and humorous way with the catchy tune keeping my son singing in the car all the way home.
The show was held in The Studio which is a small room holding up to 146 spectators and was perfect for this production. The way its laid out and the size of the Studio means that everyone gets a great view. The theatre does however give out booster seats for children free of charge should you require one. The Hawth itself is easy to get to, close to the centre of Crawley and has easy motorway access. There is also plenty of free parking right outside and two well stocked bar areas.
Plundered is a fun and entertaining production which has plenty of laughs throughout yet highlights a serious topic. The show is full of audience participation throughout with the children encouraged to dress up as pirates and draw a treasure map which are judged at the end of the show. Although perfectly aimed at primary school children I’m sure the song will help the whole audience to remember to reuse, reduce or recycle their rubbish.
For other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636