Ferocious pirates are not usually members of their local Women's Institute - but the pirates in the panto Treasure Island being staged at Colnbrook Village Hall this year are rather unusual.

This production by the village's drama group CAST (Colnbrook Amateur Stage Theatre) features a couple of inept pirates sent out by the villainous Long John Silver to gather a crew of bloodthirsty cutthroats.

Unfortunately a party of Women's Institute ladies who have come to see a display of nautical dancing end up being recruited instead - which at least ensures the ship is kept well supplied with nicely baked cakes.

Long John Silver finds he has problems though when the ladies site 'health and safety' concerns every time he tries to make people walk the plank.

This is of course a riotously comic twist on the famous story as cabin boy Jim is accompanied on board by his raucous mother - played of course by CAST's favourite dame Steve Parkyn.

Also on the ship is Jim's lady love Jenny, disguised as a pirate with a moustache that would not fool anyone and a resentful parrot called Polly who is in a perpetual sulk because Long John Silver will not let her sit on his shoulder.

The crew also have to deal with ghosts guarding the buried treasure - which ensures the audience gets plenty of chance to tell Jim, Polly and Mrs Hawkins to 'look behind you'.

The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday, December 4 to 8. Book tickets online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/cast-theatre-company or call 078794 579177. Observer readers can enjoy a 10 per cent discount for certain performances by using the code OBST119