In preparation for our trip to see Treasure Island at the Stratford Festival Theatre later this month, we are working on a radio script of the play. After each section of the script, we are going to summarize what happened below. We are hoping to create a recording of the whole play to share on our blog. Stay tuned!
The story begins at the Admiral Benbow Inn that is owned by Jim’s mother in the year 1783. Bones comes to the inn to live and does not pay a penny. Bones loves to drink rum and water, sing songs, and tell scary stories about things like walking the plank. Bones asks everyone to call him “Captain”. Bones (the Captain) brought a sea chest with him that no one ever saw him open. He spends a lot of time around the cove and the cliffs.
The captain had been living with Jim and his mother for a year and had not paid any rent. Black Dog shows up at the Inn looking for Bill. We discover that the Captain (or Bones) is the Bill that he is looking for. When Black Dog and “Bill” see each other, they get in a fight! Black Dog runs off and Bones needs to be seen by the doctor. Dr. Livesey tells Bones that he had a stroke and needs to rest for a week. Bones is worried about that. He says that he was the first mate and that he knows where”it” is buried and is worried that he will have the “black spot.”
A week later a blind man named Pew arrived at the inn. Pew wants to see Bill and he is not nice about it. When Pew sees Bill, he gives him some papers and leaves. Pew goes back to see the rest of his crew. Bill (Bones/Captain) dies. The mother and Jim start looking for money because the Captain owed them a year’s worth of rent. They look for the key to his chest. They find the key, open the chest, and find money. They hear the crew coming back with Pew (Johnny and Dirk). After Jim and the mother get away from the inn and the mother faints. The crew break down the door and tear the house apart looking for the key and the map. There are gunshots and Pew’s crew leave him and they trample him with their horses.
Pew is dead. Jim and his mother meet the Sergeant. The Sergeant asks if the crew took the money from the inn. Jim says that he has what they want in his pocket. The Sergeant and Dogger take Jim to Dr. Livesey’s house. Squire and Livesey meet with Jim and the Sergeant. They discover that Jim has a map that leads to treasure. This is what everyone is after. They decide that they are going to get a ship and follow the map to the treasure.
Squire writes a letter to Livesey about how he gets a boat and a crew. Squire thought he was just getting a cook but the cook came with a crew. The cook’s name is Long John Silver and he has a parrot that talks and his Cap’n Flint (named after the real Captain Flint). The Squire goes to the kitchen to tell the cook that they are about to leave. The grumpy, whiny captain named Smollett says that he hates his crew, the ship, and everything. The crew goes out to sea.
While they are on the ship looking for the island, Jim gets in the apple barrel. While he is in there, Jim hears the crew say that they are going to let Jim and his friends find the treasure with the map they have and then either maroon them or kill them and take the treasure for themselves. Jim tells the Squire, Smollett and the Doctor what he heard. They decide to find out who is still loyal to them.
Jim and Ben Gunn were talking about who would want to be on their side. Ben Gunn keeps begging for cheese. Smollett told his crew to stay inside when he heard shooting outside. They were aiming for the stockade. Long John Silver came with the flag of truce so that he could talk to Smollett. Long John Silver tells Jim and his crew that if they give him the map they won’t kill them. Smollett tells Silver that they are not giving them the map. The fight continues and several people die. Jim takes the chart (map) with him and delivers cheese to Gunn. Jim comes up with a plan to set the boat adrift.