The quality of movement across the piece was outstanding: the Ariel spirits glided with an ethereal quality as they carried out Prospero’s magical orders, the Caliban dancers advanced menacingly under the instruction of the angry, enslaved Caliban (Samia, Vs), whilst the clumsy blunderings of the drunken butler, Stephano (Bea, LVI), and court jester, Trinculo (Hana, LVI), added an element of physical comedy. The joy-filled, high-energy whole cast dance number, celebrating the sweet romance between Prospero’s daughter, Miranda (Isobel, IIs), and Queen Alonso’s son, Ferdinand (Poppy, UVI), also deserves a special mention; the contemporary song choice - Bruno Mars’s Marry You – contrasting to the formality of the Greek wedding pageantry (Millie, LVI, Ava and Arabella, IIIs) had a flash-mob feel to it.
Emily Scates, Head of Drama, reflected, “One of my new colleagues asked however did I manage to garner interest from teenagers to get involved in a Shakespeare play and I do hope the production answered his question. Shakespeare wrote to be performed and through performance we come to understand the rich tapestry that this local wordsmith left for us to unpick. With feuding Royals at the forefront of the story it is as relevant now as when it was written in 1611. Watching the cast breathe life into words written centuries ago is awe-inspiring and through our interpretation, we hope the audience connected to The Tempest in a new way.
It has been such a joy to see the confidence of the performers increase over the weeks of rehearsing, friendships develop and acting skills honed. This has been a truly collaborative experience and one that we hope the audiences enjoyed as much as we enjoyed creating it. Thank you to all the team who have helped create ‘such stuff as dreams are made on’.