Shiver Me Timbers


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Visitors ‘arr’ in for a treat when a new pirate exhibition sails into South Tyneside.

Shiver Me Timbers – Pirates on Page, Stage and Screen is due to anchor at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, on Thursday 25 May.

Sponsored by Port of Tyne, this immersive exhibition will not only celebrate pirates and their iconic seafaring adventures, but will transport budding crew mates back into the golden ages of pirates.

It will showcase a huge array of pirate stories as well as authors and actors responsible for their enduring appeal.


This swashbuckling exhibition will capture pirates through the years from the first author to popularise them in print right up to their modern day stage and screen appearances.

It will feature Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe and Captain Singleton. The 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 will also be incorporated.

The exhibition will be 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.

An exhibition ‘pod’ will feature work by artists’ and be inspired by the swashbuckling adventures and larger than life pirate personalities from stage, screen and in print.

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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