Hilarity on the high seas
This article is from 2008.
Sensible pirate devotee Jeff just wants to give a serious, educational lecture about famous pirates. His crewmate Dan, while also a fellow fan of all things swashbuckling, has a different approach. An enthusiast of the Jack Sparrow variety of privateer, he hops about the stage, encouraging jaunty songs and nautical silliness, much to the chagrin of the mortally serious Jeff.
This straightman/foil approach works brilliantly in Dan and Jeff's Potted Pirates. Fresh from their raucous parody of the Harry Potter franchise, their show is pitched at just the right level to keep children entertained and adults unsuccessfully trying to hide their grins.
Protracted bouts of audience participation ensure everyone's attention is held. In particular, a chaotic re-enactment of the defeat of the Spanish Armada has the audience hurling scores of plastic blue 'cannonballs' at a stoic Jeff who, by this point, has resigned himself to the wilful tomfoolery of Dan's celebrity pirate fixation. This, along with an adapted musical number, proves a fittingly energetic climax.
Never afraid to send up their own improvised props and limited cast, the talented duo cover most facets of pirate pop culture, and in doing so, spin a solid hour of genuinely funny farce for kids both big and small.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 3pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).