With Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass taking Edinburgh by storm we managed to catch up with the team behind one of the best combinations seen on the stage yet – Pirate Dinosaurs!
The first shipmate to be caught in our Q&A net was Writer and Co-Artistic Director of Les Petits, Oliver Lansley:
Q: How does this show differ from ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs’?
OL: It's a completely new show, so although it still has pirates and dinosaurs in it, it has a whole new story. Doing a sequel has been a fantastic opportunity to learn from the first show and make this even bigger and better.
Q: Why does this play work for both adults and children?
OL: We approach children's theatre the same way we approach all our theatre. At the end of the day it's all about story telling. We’re often trying to just entertain ourselves and make ourselves laugh - this show has some great, silly gags in it that adults will enjoy.
Q: What’s the best part about adapting a children’s book?
OL: Kids are very open and their imaginations are so fresh that you can be really big and bold with your ideas and they'll just accept it. They don't have the cynical attitude that adults have. They will embrace the fun and become totally drawn into the world.
Q: What’s the most exciting thing about ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass’ for the audience?
OL: So many things – we have a sausage machine, a 7ft T- Rex, pirate ship battles and of course a magic cutlass!
Photo credit: The Other Richard
Les Petits Theatre Company have also been incredibly lucky to welcome onboard critically acclaimed Director Hal Chambers. Following his beautifully directed production of Raymond Briggs’ The Bear, Hal joined the team of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass and we convinced him to reveal some more excitement from the show:
Q: What’s the most exciting thing about Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass for the audience?
HC: I suppose it's the pirate dinosaurs themselves; Max Humphreys' brilliant puppets will thrill, terrify and amuse the kids in equal measure. And a special mention to Tom Recknell's epic score which will have the youngsters (and their parents) jumping up and down in their seats!
Q: What’s the best part about directing a children’s show?
HC: Children have a vast imagination so as a director you can be hugely theatrical and wild. The worlds you create can be colourful and expansive giving you full license to go for it! Children are prepared to believe that flying carpets, dangerous wizards and, in this case, pirate dinosaurs are real. We are entering the world of 'play' that children live in, yet the important thing is that they know they are playing. Imagination is a very serious sport! That's why we, as actors and theatre makers, should take kids seriously, never patronise them and challenge them to dream wildly!
Q: Is there anything you can give away about the show?
HC: Well, there are big clues in the title! You will most certainly get both pirates and pirate dinosaurs! There will be lots of swashbuckling and a playful set which works much like a children's playground. There are a couple of mega twists and a big dino cameo but I'm afraid our lips are sealed...
Q: Would you rather be Captain T-Rex or Captain Flinn and why?
Flinn is an excellent young man but the coolest, dastardliest character in the play is Captain T-Rex. He's nearly three times the size of Flinn and has an extremely booming voice. Not to mention the sausage machine he has at his disposal. What an amazing villain!
To see Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass this summer, you can book your tickets here! It will be performed everyday (excluding the 16th August) at the Pleasance One, Edinburgh at 10.30am until the 29th August. Or alternatively you can purchase your tickets in person from the Pleasance Box Office or the Fringe Box Office. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!