Sailing South

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A tall tale of a Tall Ship,somewhere between farce and pantomime.           

 A rollicking romp of improbable proportions, set on the high seas, on the way to Australia. The Honourable Judge Eustace McDonald is horrified to find that his overbearing mother, Lavinia, has enlisted him in the navy! His commission, The Good Shop Venus, crewed mostly by female ticket of leave prisoners is fraught with much audience participation, and threats of mutiny. 

The purser, Francios, is in charge of sport and recreation, a healthy body creates a healthy mind... He says... The female crew make life interesting for the pair of them. What happens during the voyage has to be seen to be believed.

 Rye Performing Arts VIC,  " The show was a  resounding success, many thanks for your script. After presenting this production last weekend to our local community we now require permission to extend our season."

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Young Theatre Company in 2016
Other Productions around Australia

Plot / Synopsis

"Sailing South" is a tall tale of a tall ship, somewhere between farce and adult pantomime. The story is not meant to have any historical truth or significance so long as it fits the guidelines of the plausible impossible.
All the characters need to be played much larger than life and including the audience as part of the action is very important.
Act one takes place in a courtroom in old England and acts two and three on board the good ship Venus.

The sets need not be elaborate. If your cast are not strong singers the songs may be mimed or even left out altogether.

If you have strong singers extra songs may be added to suit your principals.

The costumes for the girls could be blouses and skirts, hats and gloves for act one, dark skirts white blouses, aprons and mob caps for act two and perhaps for act three the original costume with a shawl or sash. The male prisoners in knee breeches raggy shirts, waist coats etc for act one and striped tee shirts, raggy pants and sandals, perhaps sailor hats, or head scarves for acts two and three.

The officers on the ship need some sort of uniform preferably red with lots of gold braid and black and gold hats, lace cuffs and jabot. Francois may wear really outrageous modern gym wear with his uniform hat for the jazzercise class.

Above all have fun with the script.....we did!

Suggested Music.

1. Rule Britannia, or There'll Aways be an England,
2. Dead march.. or The Wiffenpoof Song.
3. Pick a pocket or Two, or Kids
4. It's the Sayme the Whole World Over,
5. Road to Gundagai. or The Dog sat on the Tuckerbox, any Australian Medley
6. Sailing South.
7. Ship Ahoy, or In the Navy or We Joined the Navy.
8. Sonny Boy or Mother.
9. Heaven Help us All, Music Men of Harleich.
10. William Tell Overture.
11. Boiled Beef and Carrots or any song about food.
12. Gentle Art of Seduction or any Girl Song.
13. My God How the Money Rolls In.
14. Fame or Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees.

N.B. THIS SCRIPT IS TEXT ONLY. The play may be performed with or without music. The above songs are suggestions only as to the type of song suitable. Copyright permission if applicable should be sought from the appropriate publishers of any songs used.
 

Cast

 

THE PLAYERS:-

 MABEL.......................................................................................................... Poisoner/cook

CHARLOT............................................................................................... Lady of the Night

DENISE........................................................................ . Stuck-up would be Lady/prisoner

SALLY.................................................................................................. Young Tart/prisoner

POLLY................................................................................................ Young naive prisoner

LAVINIA............................................................... Could be a Dame...Mother of Eustace

EUSTACE..................................................................................................... Judge/Captain

FRANCOIS................................................................................................... Lawyer/Purser

BOSUN............................................................................................................. Clerk/Bosun

TOBY................................................................................................... Pickpocket/Prisoner

BEN........................................................................................................ Gullible Cabin Boy

 

CHORUS OF MALE AND FEMALE PRISONERS OPTIONAL.

           

 

Sample Script

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Production Costs

12.5% of Box Office Gross. Minimum $110 per performance. Scripts are $17.50 each or $165 for licence to photocopy.