Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019
Hal Chambers: "All Les Petits productions have a desire to push production values, high attention to detail and also a wish to transport an audience to a weird a wonderful world - in this case, a world that has pirate dinosaurs!"
CAPTAIN FLINN AND THE PIRATE DINOSAURS: THE MAGIC CUTLASS
Pleasance Courtyard (One)
31st July - 19th August 2019 (not 13th), 10:45 | TICKETS
When Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play their old nemesis, Mr T the T- Rex, appears and kidnaps the children, forcing them to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass - a sword that grants the holder any wish!
Hi Hal thanks for talking to TNC, how's everything going?
Great thanks, just opened Henry V at Barn Theatre in Cirencester and it seems to have gone down very well. Starting Julius Caesar at RADA next so it's all go! Looking forward to coming back to the wild and colourful world of Captain Flinn soon though!
How does it feel to be back at Edinburgh Fringe and The Pleasance?
I have directed a number of shows at the Fringe over the years, a great many of them at the Pleasance, so yeh it feels exciting and familiar!
The reaction to your work has been incredible, has it surprised you how much people have connected with Captain Flinn?
The storybooks are so much fun and I hope we have managed to bring some weird and wacky humour of the books into our adaptation. Max’s puppets are seriously cool and the rock soundtrack always leaves the audience bouncing in their seats. It has been a mad three years taking this crazy little show all over the UK and I am thrilled more people might get to come and experience it in the coming months.
Can you tell me a little bit about Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass, what can we expect?
It is an adventure story about a group of three kids battling pirate dinosaurs on the high seas. The sense of humour is pretty zany and irreverent which keeps both the kids and parents chuckling throughout. There is a 10-foot T-Rex pirate captain. There are big rock and roll music numbers. There is an underwater sequence with glow in the dark jellyfish. There is a fish discotheque. Chekhov this ain’t!
What was it about Giles Andreae & Russell Ayto’s book that interested you so much as a theatre maker?
Their madcap sense of humour and their collage illustration style. The creative team have tried our hardest to get that vibe onstage.
What have been the biggest challenges bringing a new production to life?
Putting a group of pirate dinosaurs onstage!
"The original acting company helped the creative team and I make this show and I couldn’t have done it without their wonderful artistic input."
Describe Captain Flinn in 3 words?
Silly. Joyous. Mischievous.
How did Petits Theatre come about?
It was formed a few years ago as the children’s theatre arm of Les Enfant Terribles. The first production was actually the first book adaptation of Captain Flinn which premiered in Edinburgh in 2013 - it went down really well so a new adventure for Flinn was an easy and quick decision as audiences loved it first time around and wanted more! The company aims to push a similar aesthetic and sensibility that they devote to all their shows with Les Enfants - a desire to challenge the audience as well as appealing to both kids and adults: There is no reason why this show cannot be enjoyed equally by all ages. All Les Petits productions have a desire to push production values, high attention to detail and also a wish to transport an audience to a weird a wonderful world - in this case, a world that has pirate dinosaurs!
Has your style and approach to creating your shows changed much since you started?
Yes, my style has changed a lot over the years. I love working with a collaborative and ensemble-based approach now. This is how the best work in made. The original acting company helped the creative team and I make this show and I couldn’t have done it without their wonderful artistic input.
What has been the best piece of advice you've been given?
Do you have any advice you would offer a fellow theatre maker?
It is a competitive industry so keep working hard, collaborate with creative people that make you feel supported and remember to have a lot of fun along the way - working in the theatre industry is a pretty awesome way to make a living most of the time.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from this show?
I hope that the kids who come and see this go home and act out their own pirate dinosaurs’ story in their living room!