Bonny & Read

Bonny & Read

Before there was Captain Jack Sparrow there was ‘Calico Jack’, a small-time pirate famous for his association with two female pirates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny.  Moonfish Theatre Company charts the amazing-but-true adventures of these remarkable women in Bonny & Read.  Two actors playing multiple characters are accompanied by buccaneer musicians in a rip-roaring, timber-shivering, sea-shanty-soaked theatre production.

Moonfish first created Bonny and Read for the Project '06 Festival, Galway. The show toured to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010.

Audience Reviews for Bonny & Read, Edinburgh 2007

***** Andy, Scotland, 25 Aug 2007

Caught the last performance of this show and thoroughly enjoyed the swashbuckling tales based on a true story. Rollicking performers ably supported by splendid musicians.

Inspired pirates! ***** Christine , United Kingdom, 22 Aug 2007

Is it every girl's dream to be a pirate? This show is brilliant: good acting, outstanding teamwork, perfect diction, fast pace, lovely singing, excellent characterisation and such evocative music. This true story of pirates is beautifully presented.

Flawless ***** Maisie Stevenson, United Kingdom, 21 Aug 2007

A wonderful atmospheric product. Can't wait to see more by this talented group.

Rollicking good fun ***** Hayden, United Kingdom, 21 Aug 2007

What a splendid little performance on a very wet Saturday afternoon! Two exceedingly capable performers and a catchy musical trio. I bought the CD of the music and would definitely catch anything else they do.

Go and see it! ***** CM, United Kingdom, 15 Aug 2007

This is hugely entertaining and impressively executed. The pace is fast-moving, it's absorbing, unpredictable and funny. The two actors are great in their many roles, there's fab music, and the set is really imaginative. It all works so well, and I'm planning to see it again.

Perfectly produced, pure entertainment ***** Sarah, Ireland, 11 Aug 2007

This two woman show is a fast-paced 50 minutes of entertainment from beginning to end. The most polished piece of work I've seen yet, the entire show is beautifully performed and choreographed from the live on-stage music to the numerous costume and character changes that occur. There is a contagious energy and enthusiasm in the show that include the audience effortlessly. If you appreciate a well executed piece of theatre with good humour and fun, see this!!

***** Aindrias De Staic, Ireland, 09 Aug 2007

Mighty piece of real theatre, with lovely lively live music. Great acting, well written and brings to exciting life a piece of the past. Based on the true story of two brave seafaring women in a dangerous, yet romantic pirate world. Absolute Gem.

**** Emma , United Kingdom, 07 Aug 2007

Young company with lots of talent and potential give it their all in this little piece of unknown history.

Galway Advertiser Review, 2006

New Galway-based company, Moonfish, graced the Town Hall studio last week with its swashbuckling account of the amazing-yet-true adventures of two 18th century female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

Bonny was of Irish birth but grew up in Carolina whence she eloped with a handsome pirate and, donning male attire, took up a career of wild exploits on the high seas.  Here she encountered another feisty, cross-dressing female, Mary Read.

Read had served in the British Army and was en route to America when her ship was captured by a pirate crew led by the notorious Calico Jack.  Read threw her lot in with the pirates, and she and Bonny would prove to be just as fierce as their male counterparts through many a hair-raising escapade.

Moonfish’s lively retelling of this remarkable duo’s story features just two actors, Ionia Ní Chróinín and Libby Christensen, who as well as portraying Bonny and Read also assume the roles of sundry other pirates and their assorted adversaries.

The production is further enriched by singer/musicians, Una Ní Fhlannagáin, Damien MacDonnel, and Grace Kiely, who not only provide accompaniment for the show’s rousing selection of songs and shanties but also create sounds such as a ship’s creaking timbers to add to the atmosphere.

This was an imaginative, energetic and well-realised production, neatly directed by Máiréad Ní Chróinín, who co-authored the script with her sister, Ionia. The show was about three-quarters of an hour long and we would gladly have spent longer in the company of these singular women, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

Charlie McBride, Galway Advertiser, 01/06/’07