by Jay Taylor

They ask us, when we sign up, 'What do you want to do for the Capital State?' We reply, 'Fight. Help. Assist. Do some good.'


And we believe we're helping, we really do. But we've been 'helping' people for thousands of years and we're still at war.


Noun, from Greek akedia, apathetic listlessness, a moral failing.


Jacob doesn’t know why he’s here. He’s been at war for 6 years, but nobody will tell him why. The Moon is upstairs and he wants so desperately to talk to her, but they just won’t let him. Will she be his salvation? The Acedian Pirates challenges our understanding of mythology, and forces us to ask vital questions about military occupation.


Shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre503 Playwrighting Award 2014, The Acedian Pirates premiered at Theatre503 on 26 October 2016.



Cast & Crew


Bull Marc Bannerman

Jacob Cavan Clarke

Ivan Matthew Lloyd Davies

Helen Sheena Patel

Troy Rowan Polonski

Bernie Andrew P Stephen


Director Bobby Brook

Designer Helen Coyston

Lighting Designer Cat Webb

Composer & Sound Designer Simon Slater

Movement Director Mark Conway


A co-production with Theatre503


Generously supported by Arts Council England




Behind The Scenes









"an incredibly complex, thought provoking and moving play...very highly recommended"

West End Wilma



"six strong cast all excel in their roles...former Eastender Marc Bannerman surprises with his quiet simmering strength"

Everything Theatre



“well staged, effectively lit and memorably stuff and an easy recommendation”

London City Nights



“Troy is played with evil relish by Rowan Polonski he is Patrick Bateman meets Joe Pesci”

London Pub Theatres


“Ambitious and evocative”

The Stage


“A mind-blowing production not to be missed”

The Bardette


“Impressively polished...Jay Taylor is certainly a writer to watch”

The Play's The Thing


“a stunning debut from Jay Taylor...well worth a look”

Fairy Powered Productions


“moving portrayal of the human beings behind its many myths, a raw examination of humanity”

“Clarke delivers an alert, nuanced, and endearing Jacob”
Exeunt Magazine

“a wonderfully evocative study of fraternity among men far from home”


“evocative and testosterone-fuelled”

Paul in London


"light-hearted banter, explosive rage & wistful nostalgia combine in a script that’s brilliantly delivered by an excellent cast”

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