13-17 May 2015
Reviewed by Emma Booth
Me and my daughter, age 4, went to see Pirate Paul at the Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth yesterday. The theatre was very easy to find and it has its own free carpark just out the back but also is only a short walk from the train station, making it accessible for everyone.
The show is about a Pirate called Paul who is a bit of a pushover and always being picked on and wants nothing more than to fit in with the other pirates. There are some great characters that you meet along the way such as Captain Custard who’s actually more cowardly Then Paul. I won’t spoil the story and tell you too much but the story continues with Pirate Paul trying to man up and battle another pirate.
The stage was set up brilliantly, I like the way it comes out like a walkway through the middle of the audience.
There was a 15 minute interval and the chance to buy ice cream is which is always a favourite with my daughter, even if at £3 it was a little expensive.
The theatre isn’t your average theatre it’s very unique and quirky the staff give it a very informal and relaxed atmosphere. There is a little bar and area with snacks for sale with a little waiting area with antique type furniture to wait in before they call you up to be seated. There is no allocated seating it’s more like a big hall with seats laid out. I’ve heard people call it Portsmouth’s hidden gem and I can agree most definitely that it is just that. Being so central in Portsmouth there is so much else to do nearby such as the historic dockyard and Spinnaker Tower it’s well worth travelling down to see a show and make a day out of it.
Pirate Paul will appeal to both children and adults with some hilarious comedy that gets all the children giggling with some singing and dancing. There is also a chance for some of the children to go on stage and join in with one of the scenes and plenty of booing at the Pirates as well.
Tickets cost from £5.50 to £7.50 (Booking fees may apply).
Pirate Paul is at the Groundlings Theatre in Southsea until 17 May 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02392 737 370.
Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Road, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3BS