Unmasked Theatre Company


Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Play adapted by Bernard Miles and directed by Allen Puttock

In this swashbuckling tale by master Scottish storyteller, Robert Louis Stevenson, the story begins sometime in the eighteenth century on a remote stretch of the English south coast. A mysterious seaman, Billy Bones, appears one day at the Admiral Benbow Inn, in Black Hill Cove, and asks for lodging. After his mysterious death, the action shifts to Bristol where Squire Trelawney is outfitting the brig Hispaniola and hiring a crew to sail to Treasure Island.

The bulk of this adventurous tale takes place on board the Hispaniola and on Treasure Island - a tiny fictional island somewhere in the Caribbean. Following a mutiny, the finding of the "treasure" and the recapture of the Hispaniola from the pirates, the ship is sailed in to a West Indies port to reprovision before returning to Bristol.

Be on your guard as this play will put you right in the middle of the action! The entire theatre is a backdrop for the action in the inns in England, the deck and quarterdeck of the Hispaniola and on Treasure Island. There are sword fights and sailors will be racing in to the rigging so you had better stay in your seats or you'll be caught in the action wielding a cutlass or hoisting a sail!

Unmasked Theatre Company is keeping to its popular cabaret style seating which means seats are limited as the action takes place throughout the entire theatre. It also sees the introduction of a new performance format; instead of Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm we have responded to audience feedback by swapping Thursday night for Sunday evening at 6pm.

Opening Night is Friday, 27th July at 8pm.
Dress up as your favourite character from Treasure Island and if voted by our pirates as most popular character, you will win a fabulous treasure!

Performances as follows:
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July at 8pm
Sunday 29 July at 6pm
Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August at 8pm
Sunday 5 August at 6pm
Friday 10 and Saturday11 August at 8pm
Sunday 12 August at 6pm

Venue: Tyler Theatre - 103 Princes Rd, Mitcham SA 5062
Prices: Adult $18; Concession $15; Group (10+) $12; Children (14 & under) $10

Bookings: (08) 8272-2353 or at BASS

Make your booking today and enjoy this marvellous adventure!

Treasure Island Cast List
Original AuthorRobert Louis Stevenson GrayStephen Purvis
Play Adapted ByBernard Miles Harry CornishStephen Purvis
DirectorAllen Puttock IrishSteven Howes
Assistant DirectorMeryl McDougal Israel HandsLord Stompy
ProducerMichael Page-Sharp Jim HawkinsMegan Piper
AnneAnita Bentley Long John SilverGlyn Roberts
Ben GunnTom Anderson MiriamAmanda Forbes
Billy BonesSteven Howes NarratorGarth Robson
Black DogStephen Purvis Squire TrelawnyGarth Robson
Blind PewTom Anderson The Ghost of O'BrienHimself
Captain John FlintJustin Prime Tom MorganJake Clark
Captain SmollettJustin Prime Tom RedruthSteven Howes
DickAmanda Forbes TomGlyn Roberts
Doctor LiveseyDillon Mostly TomNeil
George MerryChris Wood   

Pirate Code of Conduct

A Pirate ship required a level of discipline and a Pirate Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct was an important agreement between the Pirate Captain and his crew and consisted of a number of agreements between the Captain and pirate crew which were called Articles. The Code of Conduct was necessary as pirates were not governed by any other rules such as Naval regulations. Pirate captains were elected and could lose their position for abuse of their authority. The captain enjoyed few privileges:

"The Captain or any other Officer is allowed no more [food] than another man, nay,
the Captain cannot keep his Cabin to himself."

These Pirate codes of conduct ensured a well-run and harmonious ship!

The Pirate Code of Conduct - Bartholomew Roberts Shipboard Articles 1721
A specific Pirate Code of Conduct was agreed by Bartholomew Roberts' in the Shipboard Articles of 1721.
Bartholomew Roberts, also known as "Black Bart" or "Black Barty", was one of the most successful pirates. The following Code of Conduct was agreed by Bartholomew Roberts and his Pirate Crew - an important element of the success of this particular Pirate

Pirate Code of Conduct
Bartholomew Roberts Shipboard Articles 1721
  • ARTICLE I - Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment. He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may be voted.

  • ARTICLE II - Every man shall be called fairly in turn by the list on board of prizes,
    because over and above their proper share, they are allowed a shift of clothes. But if they defraud the company to the value of even one dollar in plate, jewels or money, they shall be marooned. If any man rob another he shall have his nose and ears slit, and be put ashore where he shall be sure to encounter hardships.

  • ARTICLE III - None shall game for money either with dice or cards.

  • ARTICLE IV - The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights.

  • ARTICLE V - Each man shall keep his piece, cutlass and pistols at all times clean and ready for action.

  • ARTICLE VI - No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.

  • ARTICLE VII - He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning.

  • ARTICLE VIII - None shall strike another on board the ship, but every man's quarrel shall be ended on shore by sword or pistol in this manner. At the word of command from the quartermaster, each man being previously placed back to back, shall turn and fire immediately. If any man do not, the quartermaster shall knock the piece out of his hand. If both miss their aim they shall take to their cutlasses, and he that draweth first blood shall be declared the victor.

  • ARTICLE IX - No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living till each has a share of l,000. Every man who shall become a cripple or lose a limb in the service shall have 800 pieces of eight from the common stock and for lesser hurts proportionately.

  • ARTICLE X - The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each.

  • ARTICLE XI - The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favour only.

Song: 15 Men on a Dead man's Chest
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
The mate was fixed by the bosun's pike
The bosun brained with a marlin spike
And cookey's throat was marked belike
It had been gripped by fingers ten;
And there they lay, all good dead men
Like break o'day in a boozing ken
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of the whole ship's list
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Dead and be damned and the rest gone whist!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
The skipper lay with his nob in gore
Where the scullion's axe his cheek had shore
And the scullion he was stabbed times four
And there they lay, and the soggy skies
Dripped all day down in up-staring eyes
In murk sunset and foul sunrise
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of 'em stiff and stark
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Ten of the crew had the murder mark!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Twas a cutlass swipe or an ounce of lead
Or a yawing hole in a battered head
And the scuppers' glut with a rotting red
And there they lay, aye, damn my eyes
All lookouts fixed on paradise
All souls bound just contrawise
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of 'em good and true - '
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Ev'ry man jack could ha' sailed with Old Pew,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
There was chest on chest of Spanish gold
With a ton of plate in the middle hold
And the cabins riot of stuff untold,
And they lay there that took the plum
With sightless glare and their lips struck dumb
While we shared all by the rule of thumb,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

More was seen through a sternlight screen...
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Chartings no doubt where a woman had been
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
'Twas a flimsy shift on a bunker cot
With a thin dirk slit through the bosom spot
And the lace stiff dry in a purplish blot
Oh was she wench or some shudderin' maid
That dared the knife and took the blade
By God! she had stuff for a plucky jade
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
We wrapped 'em all in a mains'l tight
With twice ten turns of a hawser's bight
And we heaved 'em over and out of sight,
With a Yo-Heave-Ho! and a fare-you-well
And a sudden plunge in the sullen swell
Ten fathoms deep on the road to hell,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!