Once Were Pirates

Gobsmacked Theatre Company present


About the show


Pirates, Shane and Gareth, have been marooned in the present. How will they survive without a code of values to guide them? A laugh out loud play about men navigating and trying to find their place in this complex and convoluted new world.

Award-winning Gobsmacked Theatre present Emilie Collyer's dark, quirky comedy about young men navigating their way through a complicated and dangerous world. Don't miss out on a raucous and poignant performance brought to you by home grown South Australian talent.

Shortlisted - EdFringe'17 'Derek Award - BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Praise for 'Once Were Pirates' at Adelaide Fringe 2018

'★★★★ Once Were Pirates is a unique exploration of societal norms where the darkly comic humour is set against complex, serious, matters.' - Tulpa Magazine

'This is a rollicking, swashbuckling, thought-provoking story of survival, strength, and grace.' - Broadway World

'This well written black comedy offers a bit of everything, from poetry to music to sea shanties and around it is wrapped a layer of social comment.' - The Advertiser

'...there is certainly fun to be had' - The Clothesline

International Praise for Once Were Pirates

'It's a genuinely laugh-out-loud funny performance.' - British Theatre Guide 2017.

'Funny, moving and supremely clever!' - Tim Ferguson, 'The Doug Anthony Allstars'


Director: David McVicar

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Origin: SA

Rating: M

Length: 60 minutes

Season: 2018

23 Feb, 2-3 Mar at 8:30pm
24-25 Feb, 4, 9-11 Mar at 6:30pm


Adult: $24.00
Concession: $20.00

Companion Card holders welcome.

Venue: The Manse, Holden Street Theatres



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