Anne-Marie Piazza

Actor / Writer / Musician

Treasure Island Reviews

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★★★★ “Stealing the show, however, is Anne-Marie Piazza as Isabella Hands. Her fiery Spanish savvy makes her an incredibly engrossing character to watch, but at the same time also on alert to the fact that she is a deadly as she is swaggering. Piazza really puts a sharp and lethal castanet snap of villainy into Isabella, turning this femme fatale into a lavish and unforgettable adversary.” (Grumpy Gay Critic)

“The hot-headed Isabella Hands was a great character and was performed with tremendous energy and passion… No review of an Iris piece would be complete without praising Candida Caldicot’s beautiful musical compositions, performed onstage by the cast, my personal favourite being an extended shanty sung during the voyage by the wonderfully charismatic Anne-Marie Piazza. (Theatre Bubble)

★★★ “The cast is full of solid performances….Anne-Marie Piazza is ferocious as Isabella Hands… It’s a charming production with dark turns that keeps everyone enthralled – perfect for a summer holiday jaunt.”(

★★★★”That’s when the adventure really starts, with a sea voyage full of extremely realistic wind and rain (all hail the British Summer), raucous Spanish sea shanties sung by Isabella Hands (Anne-Marie Piazza)…the real gem is the production and its cast….Regular Iris actors Anne-Marie and Nick never fail to amuse and delight with their buoyant charm and easy humour, plus their ability to play multiple characters with such contrasting characteristics.” (WestEndWilma)

★★★★★ “The performances by all cast members are energetic and engaging. Most of the audience were captivated throughout, and I was often unable to take my eyes off the performers and the action in front of me as well. The characters are brilliant, each with their own individual flair, which is so enjoyable. The performers worked meticulously to get all ages involved, and that definitely didn’t go unnoticed. Everyone was very willing to participate, which made for a very special experience.” (Everything Theatre)

★★★ Rebecca Todd and Anne-Marie Piazza respectively grab the swashbuckling opportunities with gusto….The entire cast plays with piratical flare doubling roles. (The Stage)

★★★”As you would expect from as experienced a company as Iris Theatre, they use the space with great skill, keeping the promenade going as we move with the actors.” (Broadway World)

“The production is wonderfully imaginative in terms of the staging that audiences young and old genuinely feel as though they are swept away to exotic lands…the cast themselves have plenty of energy and really get themselves involved in the variety of roles….Anne-Marie Piazza is wonderfully feisty as the fearsome Isabella Hands.” (Love London)

“Anne-Marie Piazza wows for a second time this season as the indestructible Isabella Hands, an updated nod to the tradition of female pirates.” (Once A Week Theatre)

“The evening’s performances only build on the infrastructures created around them; Anne-Marie Piazza‘s Mrs Hawkins has the audience chuckling from the get go with her nuances, and her turn as the fiery Mexican pirate Isabelle Hands provides the evening’s much needed villainy.” (FullStopTheatre)

★★★ 1/2 “This high-energy adventure tale takes place in the picturesque grounds of The Actors’ Church in Covent Garden. With sea shanties, swigs of rum aplenty andeven a full-sized pirate ship, Treasure Island is a swashbuckling adventure that will ignite your inner buccaneer.” (the Reviews Hub)

★★★★ “Without going into too much detail – even if you know the story, there are surprises aplenty in this version – Iris Theatre have put together a really splendid production of one of the classics of children’s literature.” (LondonTheatre1)

★★★ “It’s fun though. Silly and summery, aimed at kids with a piratic streak in them, and it’s found a great location in St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.” (Time Out)

“Pirate Israel Hands is now sweet singing Isabella who plays the mandolin Anne-Marie Piazza’s Mexican Isabella is more ruthless…this Treasure Island gave pleasure in plenty.” (British Theatre Guide)

“The older adventurers will love throwing themselves into this cleverly constructed piece of theatre. So dress up in your best pirate gear, get those sea-legs moving and remember to keep your eyes peeled for that buried treasure…” (Curious Mum)

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