Shiver me timbers!

Brent Arts Council is looking for actors to help stage Treasure Island at a two-day summer arts gathering.

Thespians with or without any previous experience of piratical endeavours are needed to act out the adventurous tale of 'buccaneers and buried gold', albeit with a few modern twists, at The Maritime Festival on July 5 and 6.

In Robert Louis Stevenson's well-known novel, narrator Jim Hawkins comes into possession of a mysterious map marking where Captain Flint's fabled stash of booty is supposedly buried.

The danger-dodging youngster meets one-legged strangers, ends up aboard a mutiny-hit ship, encounters a marooned, half-crazed former seaman on a tropical island and finds himself in the middle of gun fights.

Brent Arts Council hopes to stage this classic tale in the open air in and around The Stables Arts Centre and Gallery in Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill.

The community arts weekend will also feature storytelling sessions, face painting and dance displays.

If the arts council secures funding, as it hopes, any professional and amateur actors taking part sxxxld be rewarded with a proper wage - and not just a couple of doubloons.

Staff are also looking for a producer and a stage manager, so whether you're a landlubber or a veteran sea dog, there should be a place for you in Brent's own Treasure Island.

Yo ho ho!

* Interested? Send a covering letter and CV to The Stables Arts Centre and Gallery, Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill Lane, NW2 6HT or email