Pirate Gran Arrives at The Atkinson!

Pirate Gran Arrives at The Atkinson!

 Meet Gran.

She bakes. She knits. You’d never guess she was a Pirate!


Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre presents their new adaptation of Pirate Gran, the popular children’s book by Geraldine Durrant at The Atkinson on Sunday 4 May at 2.30pm.

Pirating isn’t the life for everyone, but Gran says if you don’t mind sleeping in a hammock and being called Scary Mary, then it’s a career more girls should think about. With a pet crocodile under her bed, a wicked sense of humour and a whole raft of adventures under her belt, time with Gran is never dull! Join Gran and the rest of her crew for a magical and swashbuckling show that promises to be an absolute treat for seafaring children aged 3+ and their shipmates of all ages!

Founded in 2003 by award-winning producers Jennifer Sutherland and Louise Callow, the company brings a range of theatrical live performance to audiences of all ages, with an increased focus on adaptation, particularly in children’s literature. Recent productions include Stick Man, which has just completed a hugely successful Christmas Season at Leicester Square Theatre, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Private Peaceful.

Geraldine Durrant is a journalist and features writer who began writing Pirate Gran in 2007 when she won a BBC competition to promote literacy and inspire families to read together. A 60 second version of the story was brought to life with illustrations by Rose Forshall and narrated by actress Linda Robson. Geraldine was then commissioned by the National Maritime Museum, with three books in the Pirate Gran series now published all over the world.

Pirate Gran’s crew will be brought to life with puppetry designed by Toby Olié, associate puppetry director of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse. Toby was involved in the development of the puppetry for War Horse and also played Joey in the original production and West End transfer. Toby most recent designed the puppets for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, with other recent work as puppet designer including The Little Mermaid for Disney Theatrical, The Wind in the Willows at the Royal Opera House and in the West End, and Goodnight Mr Tom in the West End.

‘The quality of what Scamp do is amazing’ – THE INDEPENDENT

Tickets are £7.50 adults / £5.50 children. Pirate Gran is part of the 3 for 2 offers running on all children’s theatre this summer (May-August). Buy Tickets to three events and get the third FREE!

Tickets are available to book online at theatkinson.co.uk or through the Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.* *Please be advised that there is a £2 booking fee for telephone and online sales.



Pirate Gran
Sunday 4 May


Tickets: £7.50 / £5.50 children


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit the Box Office, The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport.

For tickets: visit the website theatkinson.co.uk* or call box office on 01704 533333*

Posted on 31 March 2014 under General news

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