Aug 09

Treasure Island Story Walk Returns for August 2017

TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK
Where the adventure began: in Bristol Docks

Back for the summer holidays

2pm & 4pm 21 August-3 September

TREASURE ISLAND in Bristol: the perfect holiday treat. Bristol is where Squire Trelawney found and fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran a pub called The Spylass, and where young Jim Hawkins stepped off the coach from Devon to set sail on the biggest adventure of his life – the search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

Led by a professional actor in period costume and full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds and lashings of doubloons.

Monday 21 August- Sunday 3 September, at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for families with children aged 8+, you’ll hear the story where it all began 250 years ago: Bristol docks.

Here’s Squire Trelawney’s letter from Bristol’s Old Anchor Inn:

Dear Livesey

The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner—a child might sail her—two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.

…only the crew troubled me until the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required… an old sailor who keeps a public-house, knows all the seafaring men in Bristol, and had lost his health ashore. I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg…’

And what happens next? You’ll have to walk the walk if you want to find out.

Here’s what our audiences say:

  • The story walk is terrific”

  • Wonderful entertainment …thoroughly recommend”

  • Thrilling story-telling, enjoyed by all ages”

  • Perfect way to spend time with little pirates”

Adults £8, under 16 £5, family (2+2) £20. Cash only. Duration: 1 hour.

No booking required; meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King St/Prince St, BS1 4DT.

Photos credit Zuleika Henry.

Jul 25

PROPS Pirates On Parade!

On a balmy summers day in July, shipmates from the Long John Silver Trust and PROPS joined up for their annual Treasure Island cruise 2017.

Keeping everyone in check was captain Mike (above) from the Bristol Ferry Boat ‘Brigantia’ who as ever, with his able crewgirl, did a great job – avoiding sharks, squalls and shoals, not to mention bridges, barges and other boats – around Bristol’s beautiful docks.

Using their winter fuel allowance (as advised by Ann ‘something of the night’ Widdecombe), Rich and Mo kindly sponsored the event, assisted by Jen and Graham who kindly chipped in for the ice-creams purloined from the SS Great Britain.

A great time was had by one and all, roll on next year!

Jun 29

Annual Treasure Island Cruise Around Bristol’s Docks

All aboard the Brigantia once again for our swashbuckling tour of the Floating Harbour with our friends from PROPS.

Brigantia Ferry BristolKindly and generously sponsored by Long John Silver Trust stalwarts Rich and Mo, we’ll be boarding the ss Great Britain for cut throat ice creams half way round …

The date is Thursday 13th July 2017, meeting at the ferry landing alongside the ss GB at 11.30pm (finish time 1pm).

All friends, Trustees and Patrons welcome, please let vice-chair Mark know if you want to come along.

Jun 01

Celebrating Robert Newton – Born 1st June 1905

Birthday wishes from the Long John Silver Trust must go to that archetypal screen villain, Robert Newton. He was the best Long John Silver ever in Disney’s 1950 version of Treasure Island. He was born 1st June 1905.

And talking of Treasure Island, have you had chance to go on Show of Strength’s Treasure Island Story Walk around Bristol’s Docks?

Performances finish this Sunday 4th June, so, to paraphrase Silver “Them’s that do it ‘ll be the lucky ones …”

About an hour of pure joy and theatre.

May 25

Treasure Island Story Walk Preview in Sunny Bristol’s Docks

Supporters and members of the Long John Silver Trust were treated to a preview of the epic “Treasure Island Story Walk” last night in sunny Bristol’s docks.

The performance, brilliantly scripted by Sheila Hannon of Bristol based Show of Strength Theatre Company, is a unique take on Stevenson’s classic tale.

All three actors (Kirris Riviere, Nadia Williams and Gerrard Cooke) added their own characterisations, and all three were stunning!

Definitely a FIVE STAR performance.

The Story Walk runs for only nine days during the bank holiday half term break (starting 27th May 2017 and ending on 4th June 2017, two performances daily, one at 2pm and one at 4pm) so turn up now to avoid disappointment. If the run is successful, and it deserves to be, it could be back in August.

Above are members of the cast and scurvy crew members from the Long John Silver Trust.

May 16

A Special Invite to LJS Trustees and Supporters

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum – have we got something special for you …

On behalf of Sheila Hannon and the Show of Strength Theatre Company, I am delighted to be able to invite you to a very special preview of their brand new story walk, Treasure Island.

The walk will be available to the public from Saturday 27 May 2017 until Sunday 4 June 2017, but we would like to offer you the opportunity to be part of a special preview on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 5.30pm.

Kathryn Davis

Head of Tourism  |  Destination Bristol

If LJS Trustees and supporters can come to the preview can they please don pirate attire to add to the atmosphere. Seb is bringing Cap’n Flint.

TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK
Where it all began: Bristol Docks

2pm & 4pm 27 May 2017 – 4 June 2017

Show Of Strength’s TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK is the perfect half term treat. Bristol is where Squire Trelawney found and fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran a pub called The Spylass, and where young Jim Hawkins stepped off the coach from Devon to set sail on the biggest adventure of his life – the search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

Led by a professional actor in period costume and full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds and lashings of doubloons.

Saturday 27 May- Sunday 4 June, every day at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for families with children aged 8+, you’ll hear the story where it all began 250 years ago: Bristol docks.

Here’s Squire Trelawney’s letter from Bristol’s Old Anchor Inn:

Dear Livesey

The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner—a child might sail her—two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.

…only the crew troubled me until the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required… an old sailor who keeps a public-house, knows all the seafaring men in Bristol, and had lost his health ashore. I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg…’

And what happens next? You’ll have to walk the walk to find out.

Adults £8, under 16 £5, family (2+2) £20. Duration: 1 hour.

No booking required; meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King St/Prince St, BS1 4DT.

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  • Supported by Bristol Festival of Ideas.

  • Part of Bristol Walking Festival

Sheila Hannon, Creative Producer

www.showofstrength.org.uk

Sheila@showofstrength.org.uk

Mar 01

Show of Strength’s – TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK – 27 May- 4 June 2017 at 2pm and 4pm

Treasure Island Trail Walk 2017Posted: WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH 2017:

250 YEARS SINCE THE HISPANIOLA SET SAIL TO TREASURE ISLAND FROM BRISTOL DOCKS

BRISTOL is at the heart of TREASURE ISLAND: it’s where Squire Trelawney found and fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran a pub called The Spylass (based on The Hole in The Wall), and where young Jim Hawkins stepped off the coach from Devon to set sail on the biggest adventure of his life – the search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

SHOW OF STRENGTH’s new story walk is next half term, 27 May- 4 June 2017 at 2pm and 4pm. Suitable for families with children aged 8+, you’ll hear the story in the place where it all began 250 years ago: Bristol docks.

Here’s Squire Trelawney’s letter of 1 March 1767:

Old Anchor Inn, Bristol, March 1, 1767

Dear Livesey

The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner—a child might sail her—two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.

…only the crew troubled me until the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required… an old sailor who keeps a public-house, knows all the seafaring men in Bristol, and had lost his health ashore. I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg…’

To find out what happens next: come and do the walk.

Led by a professional actor in period costume, TREASURE ISLAND STORY WALK is full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds, lashings of doubloons – and the odd parrot.

Adults £8, under 16 £5, family (2+2) £20. Duration: 1 hour.

No booking required; meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King St/Prince St, BS1 4DT.

  • In association with the Long John Silver Trust, creators of Bristol’s Treasure Island Trail http://www.longjohnsilvertrust.co.uk/

  • Supported by Bristol Festival of Ideas.

  • Part of Bristol Walking Festival

Sheila Hannon, Creative Producer

www.showofstrength.org.uk

Sheila@showofstrength.org.uk

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Trelawney’s Letter

Old Anchor Inn, Bristol, March 1, 17—

Dear Livesey—As I do not know whether you are at the hall or still in London, I send this in double to both places.

The ship is bought and fitted. She lies at anchor, ready for sea. You never imagined a sweeter schooner—a child might sail her—two hundred tons; name, Hispaniola.

I got her through my old friend, Blandly, who has proved himself throughout the most surprising trump. The admirable fellow literally slaved in my interest, and so, I may say, did everyone in Bristol, as soon as they got wind of the port we sailed for—treasure, I mean.

Blandly himself found the Hispaniola, and by the most admirable management got her for the merest trifle. There is a class of men in Bristol monstrously prejudiced against Blandly. They go the length of declaring that this honest creature would do anything for money, that the Hispaniola belonged to him, and that he sold it me absurdly high—the most transparent calumnies. None of them dare, however, to deny the merits of the ship.

So far there was not a hitch. The workpeople, to be sure—riggers and what not—were most annoyingly slow; but time cured that. It was the crew that troubled me.

I wished a round score of men—in case of natives, buccaneers, or the odious French—and I had the worry of the deuce itself to find so much as half a dozen, till the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required.

I was standing on the dock, when, by the merest accident, I fell in talk with him. I found he was an old sailor, kept a public-house, knew all the seafaring men in Bristol, had lost his health ashore, and wanted a good berth as cook to get to sea again. He had hobbled down there that morning, he said, to get a smell of the salt.  I was monstrously touched—so would you have been—and, out of pure pity, I engaged him on the spot to be ship’s cook. Long John Silver, he is called, and has lost a leg; but that I regarded as a recommendation, since he lost it in his country’s service, under the immortal Hawke. He has no pension, Livesey. Imagine the abominable age we live in!

Well, sir, I thought I had only found a cook, but it was a crew I had discovered. Between Silver and myself we got together in a few days a company of the toughest old salts imaginable—not pretty to look at, but fellows, by their faces, of the most indomitable spirit. I declare we could fight a frigate.

Long John even got rid of two out of the six or seven I had already engaged. He showed me in a moment that they were just the sort of fresh-water swabs we had to fear in an adventure of importance.

I am in the most magnificent health and spirits, eating like a bull, sleeping like a tree, yet I shall not enjoy a moment till I hear my old tarpaulins tramping round the capstan. Seaward, ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head. So now, Livesey, come post; do not lose an hour, if you respect me.

Let young Hawkins go at once to see his mother, with Redruth for a guard; and then both come full speed to Bristol.

John Trelawney

Postscript—I did not tell you that Blandly, who, by the way, is to send a consort after us if we don’t turn up by the end of August, had found an admirable fellow for sailing master—a stiff man, which I regret, but in all other respects a treasure. Long John Silver unearthed a very competent man for a mate, a man named Arrow. I have a boatswain who pipes, Livesey; so things shall go man-o’-war fashion on board the good ship Hispaniola.

I forgot to tell you that Silver is a man of substance; I know of my own knowledge that he has a banker’s account, which has never been overdrawn. He leaves his wife to manage the inn; and as she is a woman of colour, a pair of old bachelors like you and I may be excused for guessing that it is the wife, quite as much as the health, that sends him back to roving.

J. T.

P.P.S.—Hawkins may stay one night with his mother.

J. T.

Nov 24

Birthday Planting for Robert Louis Stevenson!

Birthday Planting for Robert Louis Stevenson!

Students of PROPS have been busy Winter-planting our Treasure Island Trail. Target date was November 13th, RLS’s birthday and the team managed it!

All 8 barrels have been planted up and they look superb, each individually styled with a riot of colour.

Come on down the docks and have a look.

Next year we’re going to have a bit of a party for RLS as well.

Belated thanks also to those who came along to the Beaufort for Bonfire Night Jazz – we raised a superb £250 … Hannah and the Blue Notes never sounded better, they were brilliant!!!

 

Oct 28

Blue Notes @ the Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton

Blue Notes @ the Beaufort

 on Bonfire Night

Featuring unique jazz songbird

Hannah Wedlock

jazz_in_a_bristol_pubFundraiser for the Long John Silver Trust

Heads & Tails Game, Raffle

Dinner bookings being taken for ‘Ronnie Scott’ style tables

In the Function Room or just come along for the Jazz

Free Entry, Start Time 8.30pm, 5th November 2016

Fiducia Jazz Books £10

Click here for directions for finding the Beaufort Arms at Hawkesbury Upton