• Parroting on
    Parroting on

    Shaun Dodimead (Samuel) attempts to intervene at a critical moment

  • Not one!
    Not one!

    Bugger off Katherine Evans! (Frederic)

  • Apparently, actually, yes one!
    Apparently, actually, yes one!

    Lisa Axworthy (Mabel) declares loudly, the rest are wrong, there is indeed one!

  • Wait a minute!
    Wait a minute!

    Adrian Hickford (Pirate King) declares "That's my theme tune..."

  • Poetic Justice?
    Poetic Justice?

    The company takes on Hail Poetry with alarming results

  • Away Away!
    Away Away!

    "Away Away" is heard from the crowd at the re-appearance of Matt Sturgeon (Ruth)

  • Oh horror!
    Oh horror!

    More Matthew Sturgeon (Ruth)

  • PC Ponsford reporting for duty!
    PC Ponsford reporting for duty!

    The Sergeant of Police (Mark Ponsford) keeps a lot under his hat...

"One of the most amusing Pirates seen in Buxton!"

You can't argue with the The Buxton Festival Christmas Catalogue.... A DVD of our production is available here: http://www.gsfestivals.org/content/pirates-penzance-%E2%80%93-pocket-gs-2012

The perfect stocking filler!

Daily Echo Review for Pirates

A Midsummer Pantomime that featured all the usual suspects; a swaggering Pirate King, (complete with occasionally malfunctioning hook), energetically played by Adrian Hickford, a thigh-slapping principal boy (another excellent performance from teenage Katherine Evans as Frederic) and Director David Tatnall as (predictably) a very funny model of a modern Major General. The stand-out performances, though, came from Lisa Axworthy (wonderful love-struck facial expressions from a soprano of rare quality) as Mabel, Mark Ponsford (an hilariously camp Sergeant of Police) and Matt Sturgeon as Ruth. Sturgeon wrung every drop out of the pantomime dame part (don’t sit near the front as I did!) and even led an audience sing-along! Martin Paterson once again directed musical accompaniment from a talented trio and special mention also for Shaun Dodimead who combined his role as parrot puppet-master with lighting design. You don’t need to ask if these pirates are talented – because they just aaaare!


Alan Johns

Pirates 2012

Shiver your timbers and jolly your roger as Pocket G&S return to Hanger Farm Arts Centre, for the ultimate musical comedy pirate adventure.

This eclectic group are becoming a regular fixture on the programme with innovative small scale productions by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Director David Tatnall promises an swash-buckling evening for all the family!

Tickets £10


Cast List for Pirates

We can cast you a nativity

at a low figure


Major General - David Tatnall

The Pirate King - Adrian Hickford

Samuel - Shaun Dodimead

Frederic - Katherine Evans

James (Jul 23-28) - David Putley

James (Aug 9) - Richard Chamberlain

Sergeant of Police - Mark Ponsford

PC Plank - Adam Case

Mabel - Lisa Axworthy

Edith - Vicky Wilson

Kate- Anne Croudass

Isabel - Helen Tatnall

Helen(Jul 23-28) - Natalie Thorn

Helen (Aug 9) - Nichola Paterson

Kitty- Louise Hodson

Ruth - Matt Sturgeon


Director  - David Tatnall

Musical Director- Martin Paterson

Assistant Director - Louise Hodson

Lighting Designer - Shaun Dodimead

Stage Manager - Dan Wilson

Scenic Design - Annie Tatnall

Wardrobe - Sue Tatnall


“And honorary members of our band we do elect you!”


Flute - Gina Briant
Clarinets - Paul Layland and Patrick Bolton

Piano - Martin Paterson


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