Novanda Productions

Bonny & Read

by Claire Novello © 2019

Play & Lyrics by Claire Novello
Music composed by Frederick Appleby

Directed by Kenneth Michaels

Synopsis

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Based on the trials of Captain Rackham and his pirate crew in Jamaica in 1720, history meets myth in this story of the remarkable, cross-dressing women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and their fateful encounter with the infamous Jack Rackham, also known as Calico Jack. 

Bonny & Read depicts the circumstances that led these two women to disguise themselves as men, go out to sea, and join the notoriously male-dominated world of piracy.  This epic voyage of twists and turns is a story of exceptional female bravery, adventure, and survival against all odds.

Bonny & Read is a new musical play by Claire Novello, with music composed by Frederick Appleby, and directed by award-winning director Kenneth Michaels.

“If you love pirates, musical theatre, female empowerment and standing up for something you believe in, Bonny and Read had all this, as well as excitement, adventure and more.” Sascha Cooper, Broadway Baby ★★★★
Brighton Open Air Theatre, BOAT Brighton Fringe 2022

autumn 2022 tour

Groundlings Theatre

Where:  42 Kent St, Portsmouth, PO1 3BS

Dates:  14th – 17th September 2022

Time:  7.30pm/2.30pm (Sat Mat)

Blakehay Theatre

Where:  Wadham St, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1JZ

Dates:  23rd – 24th September 2022

Time:  7.30pm

Ropetackle Arts Centre

Where:  Little High St, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG

Dates:  28th September 2022

Time:  8pm

Izzard Theatre

Where:  Penland Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TB40 2JG

Dates:   30th September – 1st October 2022

Time:  7.30pm

St Mary’s Arts Centre

Where:  Strand Street, Sandwich, CT13 9HN

Dates:  7th October 2022

Time:  7.30pm

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by Paddy Gormley

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REVIEWS

If you love pirates, musical theatre, female empowerment and standing up for something you believe in, Bonny and Read had all this, as well as excitement, adventure and more.

Sascha Cooper, Broadway Baby ★★★★
Brighton Open Air Theatre, BOAT Brighton Fringe 2022

It works well, has a clever set designed by Victoria Maytom and Director Kenneth Michaels keeps the action moving briskly along.

William Russell, ReviewsGate

     This is an entertaining show with strong direction, acting, and gorgeous set…

     Sian Rowland, London Pub Theatres, 28 Nov, 2021

    Frederick Appleby’s compositions are lively with the arrangements a delightful embellishment to the keyboard and wonderfully rendered by a flautist and clarinetist.

    Director Kenneth Michaels commands a roisteringly good ship.

    Hopefully, this rollickingly fun show will continue to be seen and, even if Bonny and Read’s stories remain something of a mystery, they will not remain in obscurity.

    Sandra Georgetti, 2021 British Theatre Guide, 4 Dec 2021

    Photos

    by Paddy Gormley

    our cast

    Jessie Waterfield

    Jessie Waterfield

    Mary Read

    Hannah Louise Saxton

    Hannah Louise Saxton

    Anne Bonny

    Lawrence Harp

    Lawrence Harp

    Captain Rackham, alias Calico Jack

    Christopher McDougall

    Christopher McDougall

    Narrator

    Our CREW

    Kenneth Michaels

    Director

    Kenneth has enjoyed a long career encompassing acting, directing and teaching. He has worked in repertory theatre throughout the UK and has directed numerous productions on the London fringe, nationally in the commercial sector (Pinter to panto, workshops to Wilde) and for new writing initiatives. He has taught improvisation techniques and theatre history at several London drama schools and is a voiceover recording artist for government agencies. Kenneth works regularly in Europe: Germany, Belgium and Slovenia, and recently appeared in Funny Turns in the West End. His 2019 production of Othello in Germany received a touring classical theatre award.

    Orsolya Nagy

    Assistant Director

    Edmund Sutton

    Lighting Design & Technical Manager

    Paddy Gormley

    Photography

    Sarah Dyer

    Musical Director

    Vera Ugarova

    Production & Marketing Assistant

    Paul Vine

    Artwork

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