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“A community theatre masterclass” – Number 9 ★★★★★  
“Wonderfully bizarre” – Made Up ★★★★★ 
“A fine evening of piratical fun and frolics” – North West End ★★★★ 
“Energetic and original” – The Stage ★★★★ 

Sailing on from their steam-powered tour of the North West; multi-award winning MATE Productions return to the Fringe with their spectacular re-imagining of this pirate classic. Climb aboard the good ship Hispaniola for an unforgettable adventure with sword-fights, buried treasure, clockwork parrots, flying machines, steam powered limbs and an epic story like you’ve never seen it before. Directed and produced by MATE’s Artistic Director Gaynor La Rocca, with original live music by Taran Harris and stunning Victorian futuristic costume by Jane Allen, this nautical odyssey also boasts explosive percussion direction by Francisco Carrasco, exciting choreography and movement direction by Beverley Norris Edmonds, swashbuckling fight direction by British Equity Fight Director Renny Krupinski and a disreputable crew of marauders, actors, dancers, singers and musicians. This year’s buccaneering adventure promises to be another stunning hit and a thrilling voyage for all the family.

All hands will be on deck as we splice the main sail as the MATE ship departs for its final port of call at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 11th – 18th August! 


Photo by Jake RyanIMG_3052

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About us

MATE Productions is a theatre and community arts organisation based in Knowsley, Merseyside, established in March 2000.  MATE has a reputation for excellence in large-scale community engagement; staging spectacular site-specific and outdoor theatre events and high quality productions in a wide range of genres.

The company is leading the community engagement programme for the Shakespeare North Trust; the organisation building a commemorative Shakespearian theatre in the heart of Prescot’s historic town centre –


Volunteer with us

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team.  MATE offers a wide range of volunteering, internships and work experience opportunities in production, set design, costumes, event support, front of house, fundraising and more! Telephone 0151 426 4979 or email to find out more, or contact us on here.


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