Pirates Play for primary schools has 6 speakers – Interviewer, Long John Silver, Blackbeard, Black Bart, Captain Henry Morgan, and Mary Read. Climb aboard with this motley crew – if you dare!
Pirates Play ‘interview’ draws out the main historical facts available on these characters.
- Smugglers alert
- Pirates smugglers and shipwrecks
- Peter Pan
- The Highwayman
- If Assembly by Rudyard Kipling
- Smugglers Song
Pirates Play Sample Text:
- Long John Silver
- Blackbeard (Edward Teach)
- Mary Read
- Captain Henry Morgan
- Black Bart (Captain Bartholomew ‘Black Bart’ Roberts)
Interviewer: A very good morning to you, Gentlemen (To Mary) Begging your pardon, ma’am!
Mary Read: That’s quite all right! I’m more than happy to be treated the same as these gents!
Long John Silver: A clear case of ‘Who’s a pretty boy then?’
Blackbeard: (Growling) Well, she’s certainly better looking than you!
Cpt. Morgan: (‘Groggily’) Yes, even I can see that
Black Bart: Which sure is saying something given the state you’re in!
Cpt. Morgan: Yo ho ho! And a bottle of rum!
Interviewer: Oh dear! Who left out that bottle of rum?
Long John Silver: And he’s already had a whole barrel that he brought along with him!
Interviewer: Something tells me we’re not going to get a lot of sense out of Captain Morgan this morning!
Mary Read: Oh! Don’t you worry! You wouldn’t believe what us pirates are capable of – even after a large number of rums!
Interviewer: Hmm. So I’ve heard! But perhaps we’d better start with this Welshman
Black Bart: Who? Me?
Interviewer: No. I’ll come to you in a minute. I was going to have a few words with Captain Morgan here – whilst he’s still capable of speech!
Blackbeard: (Hissing) You’d better get in there quick, then! And I’d make it a simple question, if I were you!
Interviewer: OK. So, why are pirates, pirates?
Cpt. Morgan: Because they Arrrrrrrrrrr!
Interviewer: (Sighing) Hmm. Very good! Let’s try again. Everyone knows that the Captain Morgan line of rum is named after you, but I wonder if they know about your lucky escape aboard that warship ‘Oxford’?
Cpt. Morgan: How could I forget? That stray spark so nearly took me out with my 350 crewmen!
Interviewer: Talk about going out with a bang! Very careless of someone to ‘strike a light’ near that gunpowder!
Blackbeard: What a waste! Much better drunk as part of a rum cocktail!
Interviewer: What, gunpowder?
Blackbeard: Ah yes! The perfect rum cocktail ingredient! You wouldn’t catch me being that careless with my gunpowder!
Cpt. Morgan: Huh! Coming from Mr. Health and Safety, over here! What about those burning fuses you used to light in your hair?
Mary Read: Ugh! All that filthy black smoke! What filthy habits some of those men pirates had!
Black Bart: Well, it certainly scared the living daylights out of his enemies! He sure was a scary sight at battle time!
Cpt. Morgan: Arrrrrr! Shiver me timbers!
Long John Silver: Hey! Quit stealing my lines! I’ll have none left!
Blackbeard: (Sarcastically) Oh I’m sure that nice Robert Louis Stephenson will find you some more!
Black Bart: Yeah! Who invited this ‘fake’ along? A mere fictional pirate!
Long John Silver: (Spluttering, furiously) Well, of all the cheek …
Cpt. Morgan: Huh! Cat got your tongue?
Blackbeard: No, but it might have got his parrot!
Mary Read: Boys! Boys! Why so cruel?
Blackbeard: (Sarcastically) Uh, because we’re pirates!
Mary Read: That’s no excuse for bad manners! Allow me to apologize, Long John Silver, on their behalf.
Long John Silver: Nah! Don’t worry about them! They’re just jealous!
Black Bart: (Exploding) Jealous? Of you? Oh, pull the other one!
Cpt. Morgan: (Laughing) But he’s only got the one! Leg, that is!
Blackbeard: (Sneering) Along with that peg leg! I’m surprised Mr. Stevenson didn’t give you a hook instead of an arm, too!
Cpt. Morgan: Nah! Would have cost him too much!
Blackbeard: You mean (pausing for effect) an arm and a leg?
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