Review: Treasure Island by Penarth Operatic & Dramatic Society

Penarth Operatic & Dramatic Society’s production of Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island, staged at Penarth’s Paget Rooms, was a visual delight with excellent staging and costuming by Andy Bradshaw. The entire cast was top-notch, with standout performances from Charlotte Rees as Jim Hawkins, Graham Perkins as Long John Silver, and Chris Glynn as Blind Pew.

Rees’ portrayal of Jim Hawkins was especially impressive, telling the character’s journey from innocent cabin boy to fearless adventurer. Perkins was a commanding presence as Long John Silver, perfectly embodying the pirate’s charm, cunning, and treachery. Glynn was equally impressive as Blind Pew, bringing a menacing physicality to the role.

The show also had its share of humorous moments, thanks in large part to Matthew Lee‘s performance as Ben Gunn. Lee’s portrayal of the eccentric castaway had laughter in the stalls – just watch out for a flying head! Phillip A. J. May‘s performance as Squire Trelawney added a touch of levity to the show as well, providing a much-needed light element to the dark side of the story.

Overall, Penarth Operatic & Dramatic Society’s production of Treasure Island was a triumph, thanks to the talented cast and crew who brought the show to life. Andy Bradshaw’s staging and costuming were exceptional, transporting the audience to the high seas and immersing them in the world of pirates and treasure hunters. If you’re looking for a little culture this weekend, why not pop down into Penarth and support local theatre as well as having a great night of entertainment.

Treasure Island is on at The Paget Rooms, Penarth until 25 March 2023. Tickets from £12 available online here.