Jay Taylor's play The Acedian Pirates is a drama inspired by Greek mythology, exploring military occupation and the morality of war. It was first performed at Theatre503, London, on 26 October 2016, produced by Tara Finney Productions and Theatre503.
The play is set in a lighthouse on an unidentified island in a time period that is '[p]ossibly the future, possibly the past'. 20-year-old Jacob enlisted in the hope of making a difference, but the war has been raging for years and there is no end in sight. Recently moved to the other side of the island, Jacob has found himself in an intelligence unit, where 'Helen' is kept as an enduring symbol of the war effort. As Jacob faces the frontline and begins to doubt their mission, he re-examines the foundational narratives that underpin his beliefs.
The premiere production was directed by Bobby Brook and designed by Helen Coyston. It was performed by Marc Bannerman, Cavan Clarke (as Jacob), Matthew Lloyd Davies, Sheena Patel, Rowan Polonski and Andrew P. Stephen.