Pirates Smugglers and Shipwrecks
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It consists of 3 scripts, with 6 speakers each:
Pirates Ahoy! script
Smugglers Alert! script
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Sample texts of all 3 plays:
Sample Text 1:
6 speakers - Interviewer, Long John Silver, Blackbeard, Black Bart, Captain Henry Morgan, and Mary Read. Climb aboard with this motley crew - if you dare!
This 'interview' draws out the main historical facts available on these characters. Additional background information is supplied at the end of the play - the sum total of this information available in quiz form shortly (from Quiz section)
Long John Silver
Blackbeard (Edward Teach)
Captain Henry Morgan
Black Bart (Captain Bartholomew ‘Black Bart’ Roberts)
Interviewer: A very good morning to you, Gentlemen (To Mary) Begging your pardon, ma’am!
Mary Read: That’s quite all right! I’m more than happy to be treated the same as these gents!
Long John Silver: A clear case of ‘Who’s a pretty boy then?’
Blackbeard: (Growling) Well, she’s certainly better looking than you!
Cpt. Morgan: (‘Groggily’) Yes, even I can see that
Black Bart: Which sure is saying something given the state you’re in!
Cpt. Morgan: Yo ho ho! And a bottle of rum!
Interviewer: Oh dear! Who left out that bottle of rum?
Long John Silver: And he’s already had a whole barrel that he brought along with him!
Interviewer: Something tells me we’re not going to get a lot of sense out of Captain Morgan this morning!
Mary Read: Oh! Don’t you worry! You wouldn’t believe what us pirates are capable of – even after a large number of rums!
Interviewer: Hmm. So I’ve heard! But perhaps we’d better start with this Welshman
Black Bart: Who? Me?
Interviewer: No. I’ll come to you in a minute. I was going to have a few words with Captain Morgan here – whilst he’s still capable of speech!
Blackbeard: (Hissing) You’d better get in there quick, then! And I’d make it a simple question, if I were you!
Interviewer: OK. So, why are pirates, pirates?
Cpt. Morgan: Because they Arrrrrrrrrrr!
Interviewer: (Sighing) Hmm. Very good! Let’s try again. Everyone knows that the Captain Morgan line of rum is named after you, but I wonder if they know about your lucky escape aboard that warship ‘Oxford’?
Cpt. Morgan: How could I forget? That stray spark so nearly took me out with my 350 crewmen!
Interviewer: Talk about going out with a bang! Very careless of someone to ‘strike a light’ near that gunpowder!
Blackbeard: What a waste! Much better drunk as part of a rum cocktail!
Interviewer: What, gunpowder?
Blackbeard: Ah yes! The perfect rum cocktail ingredient! You wouldn’t catch me being that careless with my gunpowder!
Cpt. Morgan: Huh! Coming from Mr. Health and Safety, over here! What about those burning fuses you used to light in your hair?
Mary Read: Ugh! All that filthy black smoke! What filthy habits some of those men pirates had!
Black Bart: Well, it certainly scared the living daylights out of his enemies! He sure was a scary sight at battle time!
Cpt. Morgan: Arrrrrr! Shiver me timbers!
Long John Silver: Hey! Quit stealing my lines! I’ll have none left!
Blackbeard: (Sarcastically) Oh I’m sure that nice Robert Louis Stephenson will find you some more!
Black Bart: Yeah! Who invited this ‘fake’ along? A mere fictional pirate!
Long John Silver: (Spluttering, furiously) Well, of all the cheek …
Cpt. Morgan: Huh! Cat got your tongue?
Blackbeard: No, but it might have got his parrot!
Mary Read: Boys! Boys! Why so cruel?
Blackbeard: (Sarcastically) Uh, because we’re pirates!
Mary Read: That’s no excuse for bad manners! Allow me to apologize, Long John Silver, on their behalf.
Long John Silver: Nah! Don’t worry about them! They’re just jealous!
Black Bart: (Exploding) Jealous? Of you? Oh, pull the other one!
Cpt. Morgan: (Laughing) But he’s only got the one! Leg, that is!
Blackbeard: (Sneering) Along with that peg leg! I’m surprised Mr. Stevenson didn’t give you a hook instead of an arm, too!
Cpt. Morgan: Nah! Would have cost him too much!
Blackbeard: You mean (pausing for effect) an arm and a leg?
Sample Text 2:
Duration: around 5 - 10 mins
Cast: 6 - Interviewer, Thomas Kingsmill, Tom Johnstone, Cruel Copinger, Jack Rattenbury and John Trenchard
Copinger: And proud of it! A pity you weren’t a little more loyal to your country!
Johnstone: (Sighing) OK. So you’ve all heard how I helped the Frenchies a little ..
Rattenbury: (Exploding) A little? So what part of ‘smuggling gold from England to France, to pay Napoleon’s armies’ was little?
Kingsmill: Indeed! Fancy me thinking I was the one who was going ‘to come in for all the flack’! At least I knew whose side I was on!
Interviewer: Now, come along, gentlemen! Perhaps we are being a little heavy on Mr. Johnstone! Don’t you agree, Mr. Trenchard?
Trenchard: Actually, I’m with them on this one! However much I might have disapproved of the violence I saw going on around me, nothing would have made me turn my old mates in!
Interviewer: Well, of course not!
Copinger: But that’s what this gentleman did!
Rattenbury: Not only did he swap sides as in swapping what country he fought for but he also went from being the hunted to the hunter!
Interviewer: You mean, he became a revenue man?
Kingsmill: (Spitting) He did indeed! How much lower could he stoop?
Johnstone: Well, I could have led a French invasion force! Turning the Emperor down cost me nine months in gaol!
Rattenbury: So? Do you want to hear about some of my adventures? Escaping from gaol, from the navy, from the customs man (pauses) Oh, but that was you, I was forgetting!
Johnstone: OK! OK! So I’m never going to win you round
Trenchard: I don’t think so!
Johnstone: (Sulkily, to Trenchard) All I wanted to do was retire peacefully, like you!
Trenchard: Now don’t you go comparing my happy ending with yours! Mine was honorable!
Johnstone: (Tutting) As if this lot know anything about honour! Tell that to their victims and their victims’ families! I wonder how much honour they saw!
Kingsmill: Ah! Those 1740s! When men were men!
Trenchard: Bullies and thugs, more like!
Kingsmill: (Furiously) Why, you …
Interviewer: Gentlemen! Gentlemen! I am not prepared to tolerate any violence in our ranks today! That time has gone! (Aside) Thank goodness! Now, we will proceed in an orderly manner. No more confrontation – let’s just hear it as it was!
Kingsmill: Well, if you want some idea of how powerful my gang was, let’s mention the five hundred men we could muster in less than two hours!
Interviewer: Sounds like an army!
Kingsmill: We let nothing stand in our way!
Interviewer: Not even the law?
Kingsmill: (Snorting) Not even the law! I mean, who in their right minds was going to take us lot on?
Interviewer: Er, the village of Goudhurst,I believe?
Sample Text 3
S.O.S.D. 1: OK. So what about that Marie Celeste?
S.O.S.D. 2: Indeed. What about that Marie Celeste? Nobody knows!
S.O.S.D. 3: There may have been survivors – but there was no sign of them when the sailing ship was found drifting in the Atlantic Ocean, 1872.
S.O.S.D. 4: Did they abandon ship? Were they attacked? Nobody will ever know what happened. It’s one of those Bermuda Triangle riddles that has no answer.
S.O.S.D. 5: And then we come to the Titanic, 1912! One of the great maritime disasters of all time!
S.O.S.D. 6: One iceberg claiming over 1,500 lives.