BATS Theatre, The Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

10/09/2022 - 10/09/2022


Production Details

By Rich Manic

Presented by Pea-Knuckle Productions

Join award-winning kiwi family entertainer Captain Festus McBoyle for an unforgettable whānau comedy theatre experience laced with songs, poems, stories and epic fun.

Now stripped bare of his motley crew, The Prose and Con offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with this loveable rogue of the sea as he flies solo by the seat of his pants and offers a fabulously fun show that is both raw and incredibly honest.

Filled to the brim with well-crafted songs, extremely clever lyrical content, awe-inspiring tales of the sea (some tall, some true) and plenty of the usual cheek we’ve learnt to expect from this one-of-a-kind ‘Punk Rock’ Pirate, this event promises to be more fun than a squirrel up ya jumper!

Caution: Special guests may well appear – they generally do!

“[Captain Festus McBoyle’s] live act is in my opinion, the best live act in New Zealand and simply not to be missed.” Marchell J.T Linzey, Space Station Kiwi Radio Show, Childspace Magazine.

BATS Theatre, The Stage
10 September 2022
10am & 1pm

The Stage is wheelchair accessible. For full details about accessibility at BATS, Click Here

TAHI Festival
A celebration of solo artists, TAHI is a ten-day Festival from 8-17 September dedicated to showcasing the finest and most engaging solo performances from all around Aotearoa. With events across Pōneke in 2022, check out our website for all the details and to book. | @tahifestivalnz | #TAHI2022

Creator: Rich Manic, aka Captain Festus McBoyle
Stage Manager: Larissa Lofley

Children’s , Family , Theatre ,

40 min

Has a whole lot of potential

Review by Deborah Rea with Luna Rama and Dev Rama 16th Sep 2022

Usually backed by his motley crew, The Prose and Cons, Captain Festus McBoyle takes the stage in his first ever solo (sort of) endeavour.

The show is filled with songs and storytelling of pirate lore and adventures. In tow is his lovely wife, Miss Lucy and his dear friend The Great Ebenezer, the strongest man in the world.

My kids grab the opportunity to dress in pirate garb and are keen to get near-front seats. The set is dark with lanterns, barrels and trunks. And here’s the crunch- maybe a little too dark? The brooding direct address is a little much for Miss 6 who signals that it has crossed the ‘too scary’ mark while Mr 3 ¾ dismisses the idea, keen to out-brave his sister for once.

Some text is missed as our Captain races through too quickly into his microphone which leads to him losing moments of vocal audience participation.

Is it a kid’s show? I’m not sure. As a Tahi Festival show, is it a solo? Not really. It has a whole lot of potential though. The show we attend is only its second sail. Captain Festus McBoyle would be a great candidate for some Creative NZ development funding to hoist in a director to iron out the kinks (shift the action songs to the start, Cap’n!) and get ‘er flowing right as rain.

Luna (aged 6):

The show was about pirates. The pirates came out a door. The guy played a ukulele. He sang songs about the other pirates. The other pirates were the strongest guy in the world and the other pirate was a pretty girl who he met at another show and they got married.

I liked the pretty girl and I liked her fan.

It was a bit scary. The main guy looked and sounded a bit scary. If you like shows that are a bit scary and have songs about eating bugs (yuck) then this show is for you.

Dev (aged 3 ¾):

I liked his ukulele and his singing and his songs. My favourite song was the ‘There’s No Treasure’ song which he sang in a calm voice. I liked joining in on the action songs. I didn’t think the show was too scary but I’m brave.


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