In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries pirates like Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Ching Shih often passed themselves off as men, disguised pregnancy at sea and even endured spells in Jamaican prisons to cut throats and steal booty for a living.
A staging that looks at the role of women in the 21st century, and whether or not you need to be more like a pirate to succeed, is The Pirate Project.
At the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from April 24-26, it looks at the escapades of famous female pirates of the past alongside intimate stories of personal bravery from the performers’ own lives.
The Pirate Project considers female identity and ambition today, and three women set out on a quest to see if they can still out-think, out-sail and out-fight every man on the high seas.
As part of the research, the company filmed interviews with women, and moments from these films will appear in the show.
The production is performed by Lucinka Eisler, Chloé Déchery & Simone Kenyon.
Tickets cost £10 to £16 from the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8067 1771 or go to nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.