Care Not, Fear Naught

Piracy is not just a man’s trade in this thrilling piece Care Not, Fear Naught from Temporarily Misplaced Productions. With outstanding flair, writer and director Emily Hutt illustrates the little-known life of Anne Bonny. Born in Ireland 1801, Bonny disguised herself in men’s clothing to join a pirate ship and became revered as the most fearless person to cross the Caribbean Sea. Hutt begins the story at Bonny’s sentencing before a jump back in time traces the events that shaped this pirate legend.

A sense of danger shadows over the whole production

Hutt’s writing moves at a gripping pace that never relents, and neither does the energy of Care Not, Fear Naught's supremely talented cast. They move together in powerful synchronisation to create a wild and rowdy ship’s crew. Every line of Hutt’s script is delivered with intensity and the performance space is consistently alive with activity. The costumes of the cast are also carefully chosen to ensure that they appear individually rugged, but still cohesive in their colour scheme.

The staging of Care Not, Fear Naught is quite simply chilling. A blue lighting wash across the set tinges the whole production with a haunting quality. A storm scene is a definite highlight of the show, as performers throw themselves to the floor amidst roaring thunder and flashes of lightning. I only wish the vocals had matched these awesome sound effects as some of the dialogue was missed during these moments.

This raw, fierce production is captivating from start to finish. Thanks to some smart creative choices and excellent direction, a sense of danger overshadows the whole production. Not only does it reflect upon the risks that Bonny takes as a pirate, but also as a lone woman on board a ship. With Care Not, Fear Naught, Temporarily Misplaced Productions are presenting a masterclass in how to create an atmosphere. I hope that future audiences will feel just as immersed in it.

Reviews by Carla van der Sluijs

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The Blurb

Care Not, Fear Naught tells the tale of an 18th-century Irish woman, Anne Bonny who finds freedom in the strangest of places: aboard a Caribbean pirate ship. On board she learns what it is to be a woman, dressed as a man. Working her way up from nothing, she fights tooth and nail to make her way from Nassau’s underbelly to a captain’s side. She learns about love, about pain, about fear but most of all, about freedom. And she won't let anything take it away from her.