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Barnacle-bustin’ night at Beltinge!

Our last performance of Sea Salt & Slaughter was hosted by 2nd Reculver Brownies to a small but almost perfectly  (in)formed audience!  I say this as 4/5 tables got the answer right!  LOL.

Trio of trouble

Which one of these has a guilty conscience?

Old Mog's tale

Old Mog’s tale

Thanks to Brown Owl, Katie Waters, for all her hard work and for making us feel so welcome. The audience was great fun to play off, lots of jokes and a really warm and friendly bunch of people. Many of them were joining in on the sea shanties which was encouraging and made us sing all the louder!



Now the run is over I can show you pictures of Karen dressed as the ghost of Old Mog who comes back to haunt the guilty suspect. Karen’s idea of no one but the murderer and herself knowing whodunnit until the end of the play each night was a great idea and kept the cast’s reactions to their fellow characters pure throughout. Not even I knew who had been given the piece of parchment with the much sort after “black mark” at the beginning of each performance, denoting the one who’d dunnit. Ingenious! This time it was the lovely Sally who was the guilty party.

Crimson gets a grilling

Crimson gets a grilling

A great performance by all the cast and I know everyone is sorry to see their characters sail off into the sunset… until next time. It’s been huge fun to direct this fabulous motley crew who have embraced their characters and really worked hard to get the most out of them in the time available. Well done me hearties, I’m proud of you all. Arrrggghhh!

The Treasure Map

At the end, after the reveal, prize giving and raffle, my wonderful cast presented me with the most beautiful bunch of flowers and a priceless handcrafted card from “Old Mog’s Card Shoppe”! LOL.

A great evening’s entertainment! Loved every minute.

Thanks to Katie Waters and Sarah McMullen for the photos.

Kit-  Director of Sea Salt & Slaughter.


A swashbucklin’ evening at the MS Therapy Centre Canterbury

It was a quiet evening in the Drunken Mermaid until the doors burst open and a swashbucklin’ crowd of shanty-singing pirates gate-crashed the peace!

Jesmond and Crimson Pirate











Murder and mayhem ensued and the audience tucked in to their vittals, and put their thinking caps on to solve the mystery. We all had a great evening and a barrel of laughs!


Old Mog's tale

Old Mog’s tale

The Drunken Mermaid

The plot thickens in the Drunken Mermaid

Pickwick and Capt. Salt

Pickwick tastes some of the local cuisine while Capt Salt looks to business…











Thank you to the MS Therapy Centre Canterbury for hosting and for our wonderful, warm and fun-loving audience. A great start to our performances of Sea Salt and Slaughter.

Kit (Director, and Jesmond the Pirate!)

Rehearsals shiverin’ me timbers!


The crews of the Plymouth Glory and the Dawn Promise are finding hidden treasure every week as they explore the plot of our new murder mystery Sea Salt and Slaughter, and find new ways to buckle their swash!

The lovely Ryan Brown is getting hugs every week to make up for the fact that his character, the mean and loathsome revenue man Pickwick, is so good he gets boo’d every time his bewigged head pokes round the door of the Drunken Mermaid. Ah, the downside of playing the part so well! Well done Ryan for getting the job at the Shrek Experience in London by the way! Proud of you honey!

We let them loose with the black kohl eyeliner this week and the true pirate blood will out! The mild mannered Richard Ginn is suddenly out-pirating Blackbeard Aaaarrrrhhh!and Jasmine Briscoe, our erstwhile bumbling clown Bozo of Cirque de la Mort, is making IMG_0147everyone stand to attention! “NO ONE says MUSTN’T to me!” Aye aye Cap’n!!






Robyn McMullen, who plays Jamie our cabin boy and Heather Russell-Kay, our saucy Sally the tavern wench are both perfecting their dramatic entrances and shiver me timbers, those two characters have a few mysteries about them that need solving I’ll tell ‘ee!IMG_0126

For the main cast that just leaves our script writer and assistant director for this production, Karen Ince, and the question about her character, Old Mog, is: will she get to the end of her tale of treasure and treachery before she drinks the Mermaid dry?Grrrrrr

I thought we were in fine voice on the shanties until our wonderful “pirate choir” the “Saltinies”, as we call them back stage, joined us this week and now we’re bringing the house down! I’m getting addicted! It’s perfectly normal to wander around Waitrose singing “Heave away bullies, you parish rig bums!” isn’t it? Hee hee. Or should I say “Ho Ho”.            Gurning pirate competition

This scurvy lot are almost ready to give you an evening to remember! There are still tickets left for Friday 9 and Saturday 17 September so come on and BOOK now! Bring friends and family! It’s going to be a rip-tide ride to murder and mizzen mast mayhem! Don’t be a landlubber, get those tickets!

*Cancelled* Saturday 10 September event cancelled

Dear all,

I’m very sorry to say that the decision has been made by the MS Therapy Centre that the performance of Sea Salt and Slaughter on Saturday 10 September will no longer take place.

The performance on Friday 9 September 7-7:30 start is still going ahead with vim vigor and blue blistering barnacles so please join us at the MS Therapy Centre for that if you can. Please contact the MS Therapy Centre if you have already bought your ticket for Saturday and need either a transfer or a refund.

Our performance at Beltinge Memorial Hall on 17 September can also accommodate you if need to change night.

Thank you for your patience.

Phoebus Fire

Pirates Ahoy!

MS Therapy Centre

The motley crew of buccaneers be hangin’ out in The Drunken Mermaid, (they got thrown out o’ The Tattered Sail for bein’ too rowdy!) They be sampling the grog, singing shanties and swapping yarns of adventure on the high seas.

They’re gettin’ ready to set sail, and will be dockin’ soon in a venue near you. Don’t miss out on the chance to sing along, solve the murder, and have a great night out with friends, all in a good cause.

Performances 9th & 10th September at the MS Therapy Centre, Canterbury and 17th September at Reculver & Beltinge Memorial Hall.