Infamous Anne Bonny, the legendary female pirate, bursts onto stage in a celebration of adventure, sexuality and freedom. Care Not, Fear Naught tells the life story of this Irish woman who has gone down in history, re-enacting her time aboard a Caribbean pirate ship. Whether you are familiar with Anne Bonny's story or not, this production is a fast-paced and insightful display of a woman’s fight for a voice in a sea of male expectations.
Temporarily Misplaced Productions puts on a performance sharing Anne's rise, and eventual demise. Through careful research, Care Not, Fear Naught bases itself on a real historical figure. Anne is one of the most famous pirates of her time – alongside Mary Read – partly due to her influence as a female figure. And so we follow her story, and how she meets the likes of ‘Calico’ Jack Rackham, who is also famed – not least for being the one to house both Anna and Mary aboard his ship.
This performance has everything you would expect from a well-written drama. Anne continuously faces her own demons and navigates her romantic interests, though these are far from the focus of the story. Above all there is the sense of freedom that Anne longs for: she is determined that she will not be owned by anyone, and refuses to let any man have a say over her body. She is certainly an influential character and Anna Herzog’s performance illustrates the raw and powerful impact that Anne Bonny embodies.
The cast is large for the space they were in, but I was very impressed by the way they included 11 actors without making it cluttered. It’s a well-choreographed piece, and the ensemble successfully create a bustling crew dynamic – despite the fact there are really only three characters driving the story. It is a thrilling adventure, and the cast elicited a range of emotions from their audience as we followed Anne through her journey.
The show has certainly piqued my interest in early female influences; in this sense too, the production is highly successful. It serves as a reminder of what women are capable of – even with the patriarchal restrictions of the eighteenth century. Following Anne Bonny through her adventures becomes a way to empower individuals to fight for what they believe in, which anyone who has been told “it’s not possible” will relate to. Care Not, Fear Naught is a story that proves you should never back down… an ideology that Anne practiced until her final battle.