Batten down the hatches and hoist up The Jolly Roger for a new exhibition – Shiver Me Timbers – Pirates on Page, Stage and Screen has now anchored at The Word.
If you think you know about pirates, think again. Sponsored by Port of Tyne, this immersive exhibition is something the whole family will enjoy. It not only celebrates pirates and their iconic seafaring adventures, but transports budding crew mates back into the golden age of piracy.
It features English novelist Daniel Defoe, author of the Robinson Crusoe, 20th century fictional books picked up by Hollywood, including Sea Hawk and Captain Blood, and famous stage plays from Pirates of Penzance to Peter Pan. Contemporary pirate stories such as The Piratica Series and the hugely popular pirate film franchise Pirates of the Caribbean are also incorporated.
The exhibition features information about the famous Captain Pugwash. A screen shows an original black and white episode which was aired on the BBC in the late 1950s, a coloured episode and behind-the-scene footage of Isabel Ryan- daughter of Pugwash creator John Ryan – animating Pugwash artwork while reading from a script.
This section of the exhibition also includes the first Captain Pugwash dummy, some of the original cardboard artwork pieces and more!
You’ll discover how fictional characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow and Peter Pan were brought to life on screen and step into the world of real piracy and read about two of the most famous female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
Whilst discovering everything you need to know about pirates there are replicas of some of the world’s most notorious pirate costumes including, Blackbeard, Long John Silver, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Captain Hook!
Step inside our Galleon for a short film that will tell you everything you need to know about life on board a ship, ranging from what they ate to the weapons they used to fight off enemies.
Challenge your friends and family to a game of Pirate Treasure Pop, pop the bubbles filled with treasure before they reach the top but beware don’t pop the bad bubbles or you’ll lose points! Whoever gets the highest score wins but be careful this game can become addictive.
Hoist up The Jolly Roger, try your hand at tying knots or dress up as your favourite pirate; it’s the perfect photo opportunity!
A FREE audio tour is available to access, that will talk you through all sections of the exhibition. Simply connect to the “Audio Tour” Wifi network and your phone will do the rest. Once connected, look out for symbols on the walls, select the relevant number on your phone and listen. If you don’t have any headphones with you there are some available to buy at the Shop @ The Word.
But that’s not all, go on our ‘Pieces of Eight’ treasure hunt, where eight clues are hidden in different parts of the building, each giving a secret letter. Use the clues to find them all and use your noggin to guess the word!
Head to the childrens’ activity area where there are a variety of creative tasks children will love, including creating a pirate map, drawing yourself as a Captain of a pirate ship and more!
The exhibition has been designed and built by one of the North-East’s leading design agencies, Sheridan Design and is the second major exhibition to feature in The Word.
A stormy sea
Lose yourself in a storm as you step inside our exhibition ‘pod’. TV monitors display a range of contemporary dance movements performed by a variety of community groups that have been inspired by an original poem about the life of pirates.
The room is dressed in soft layers of fabric with light and sound that simulates a pirate ship at sea in a storm. It has been designed by artist Rachel Johnson.
Funded by Arts Council England.
It’s a swashbuckling experience you don’t want to miss.
Collaborators Main Shiver Me Timbers Exhibition About Sheridan Designs
Sheridan Design was formed in August 1988 by Patrick Sheridan with the express intention of offering a first-class multidiscipline design service. Print, packaging and corporate identity were the initial staples of the business and this work, for the likes of AkzoNobel, Close House and NewcastleGateshead Initiative, continues to flow.
Recent design and print work includes The Pen Shop 13th Edition catalogue, classes and performances brochures for Dance City, and Beamish Hall’s conferencing and events guides.
However, for the past nine years, Sheridan Design have also grown the exhibition design and build side of the business, producing must-see exhibitions for South Tyneside Council, Seven Stories, The Jewish Museum of London, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and others. Aside from ‘Shiver Me Timbers’, Sheridan Design’s most recent exhibition is ‘Bones’ which was created for the Great North Museum: Hancock and ran from February – May 2017. The exhibition showcased the museum’s huge collection of animal bones. They also designed and produced the hugely successful ‘Sir Ridley Scott – Past, Present and Future Visionary’ exhibition for South Tyneside Council, which was the opening exhibition at The Word and ran from October 2016 – May 2017.
The Sheridan Design team is made up of graphic designers, illustrators, project managers and exhibition builders, all of whom have an extensive array of skills, both traditional and contemporary.
To find out more about Sheridan Design, visit www.sheridandesign.co.ukThe Exhibition ‘Pod’ About Rachel Johnson
Rachel is a North Shields born moving image artist, dance–theatre maker, dance-film workshop leader, Spin Art’s Artist and director of own company, Experiential. Social engagement is at the heart of her practice. She generates a relationship with her audience through including members of the community in her research, delivering creative and life changing workshops and producing immersive experiences.
She has delivered and managed over 36 creative, dance & film workshops to people aged 5- 67 and with schools, dance organizations, community organizations, Councils and organisations for those with more complex needs.
About Shizuka Hariu
Shizuka is an international designer, architect and scenographer. Since 2009, she has been a co-director of the SHSH ARCHITECTURE + SCENOGRAPHY. She is also a member of The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) and Japan Association of Theatre Designers and Technicians (JATDT). Her scenography describes the relationship between concrete and imaginary space, based on her acute understanding of architectural environments. She obtained a Master’s degree in Engineering in Architecture at Tokyo University of Science in 2000. She trained in MA Scenography at Central Saint Martins College Art & Design before completing her PhD ‘Between the Imaginary and the Concrete – Scenography for Contemporary Dance’ at Leeds Beckett University in UK and she has also been invited as a guest lecturer in UK, Belgium and Japan.
About Angus Macfadyen
Angus is a London based BBC Camera Operator. His television career started at the age of eighteen, whilst filming the 1990 London Poll Tax Riots he was talent spotted by ENG crew and given a job as a runner at LWT. Four years of camera assisting in documentary and single camera drama followed before operating on The Bill in 1996 for Thames Television, Casualty and Holby for the BBC followed.
He has continued to work with the BBC most recently for the Olympics in Rio. Angus has been working with cameras which enable him to capture wild animals in Africa at night, seen in the ‘award winning’ programme DramaDoc’s. He also works independently, working with Experiential Dance, directing short documentary films for corporate and worldwide NGO’s.
Image caption: The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, and Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs pictured with Captain Jack Sparrow (Colin Fortune) to celebrate the launch of Shiver Me Timbers.
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