The Tempest: A Sound Project

Directed by Kate Stones, with orignal music by David Thrussel

Broadcast on 94.9MAINfm mid 2021

Shakespeare’s final work in four episodes for radio and podcast.

First performed in 1611, The Tempest was Shakespeare’s final work. It is his most mystical, magical and most musical play. For this reason it’s the perfect choice to adapt into a podcast project, with all the effects created entirely with sound effects, music and soundscapes.

Cast:

David Farrington (Alonso, King of Naples); Toby Heydon (Sebastian, his brother); Lisa Martin (Prospera, the rightful Duke of Milan); Sally Guildford (Antonia, her sister, the usurping Duke of Milan): Edwin Lavery (Ferdinand, son of the King of Naples): David Watson (Gonzalo, an honest old councillor); Stephen McMahon (Adrian, a lord and a naturalist); John Cosgriff (Caliban, a native of the island, enslaved by Prospera); Tim Ratcliffe (Trinculo, a jester); Jonathan Conquest (Stephano, a drunken butler); Aston Elliot (Master Boatswain); Orvokki Britton (Miranda, daughter of Prospera); Hannah Jeffcoat and John Willis (Ariel, an airy spirit); Elizabeth Scanlon (Iris, a Goddess)

Our Changes:

Original Plot

The themes of the plot revolve around a major act of betrayal, ill treatment, the development of magic arts and a plot of revenge.

Twelve years ago, Prospero was Duke of Milan. Being of a bookish disposition, he withdrew more and more into his studies, leaving the management of his state to his brother Antonio. Eventually, with the help of Alonso, King of Naples, and the King’s brother Sebastian – inveterate enemies of Prospero – Antonio usurped the dukedom for himself. Prospero and his baby daughter Miranda were put to sea in a rotten boat and eventually landed on a distant island once ruled by the witch Sycorax but now inhabited only by her son, Caliban, and Ariel, a spirit.

Since then Prospero has ruled the island and its two inhabitants by the use of magic arts derived from his studies. His daughter Miranda has grown up seeing no other human being.

Prospero divines that fortune has brought his enemies close to the island and he sees an opportunity to work his revenge. He uses his powers to raise a storm which shipwrecks them. When Miranda questions this, he tells her the story of their arrival on the island and assures her that no real harm will come to the survivors.

The shipwrecked travellers are separated. At Prospero’s bidding, the invisible Ariel directs their wanderings. He leads Ferdinand, the King’s son, to Prospero’s cell, where he and Miranda fall instantly in love. Prospero sets heavy tasks to test Ferdinand.

The King of Naples searches for his son, although fearing him to be drowned. Sebastian, the king’s brother, plots to kill him and seize the crown. The drunken butler, Stephano, and the jester, Trinculo, encounter Caliban and are persuaded by him to kill Prospero so that they can rule the island. However, Ariel manages to make mischief between them and they are soon bickering amongst themselves.

Satisfied that Ferdinand has met all his challenges, Prospero presents the young couple with a betrothal masque celebrating chastity and the blessings of marriage. He is distracted from this, however, when he remembers Caliban’s plot.

As Prospero’s plan draws to its climax, he vows that upon its completion he will abandon his magic arts. Ariel brings Alonso and his followers to the cell, and Prospero, in his own persona as Duke of Milan, confronts his enemies and forgives them. In the betrothal of Ferdinand and Miranda, the rift between Naples and Milan is healed.

Peter Panto

or One Flew Over the Second Star on the Right (adapted and directed by Kate Stones)

Currently on hold until 2022

About the Production

This is the story of Peter Pan told in the form of a traditional Pantomime. Which means a Dame in drag, plus lots of audience participation, local references and slapstick humour. A traditional aspect of Panto is that characters from different stories can show up. We’ll be drawing on One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest to source our Dame (guess who!), and find other places to weave in themes from the iconic movie/novel. JM Barrie will no doubt turn in his grave! We will also interrogate outdated aspects of the story, the ‘Redskins’ will be a local footy team, the Pirates will be female, and Wendy will be a child prodigy animal psychologist. Our story begins in the youth psych ward of Castlemaine Hospital…oh yes and there will be a few songs.

 

Characters and casting

Peter (can be played by a male or female), Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys will hopefully be played by young people aged 14-30. Or those who can play ‘young’

There are 6 Lost Boys

Instead of ‘Redskins’ we will have Castlemaine’s Magpies footy team, with Tiger Lily their captain. Can be male or female. Minimum 3. Any gender. As much diversity as possible amongst them.

Captain Hook is the leader of the Pirates. Mature female, tallish

Other main pirates include Smee and Starkey (all female, any age)

Tinkerbell – A sassy man in a sharp suit

Nana – a therapy dog (think Wilfred)

Crocodile

Nurse Ratched (our Dame) – male actor, large stature. Should be played butch rather than overly camp

Chief Bromden (Asian man)

Mermaids

 

We are looking for an ensemble of about 15 with some doubling up

 

Production week and performance dates (you must be available for all these dates):

TBC until post Covid

Tech run: Sat

Dress: Sun

Dress: Tues/Thu

Opening night: Fri

Evening perf: Sat

Mat perf: Sun

Evening perfs: Fri /Sat  /Mat Sun

Final weekend: Fri /Sat /Mat Sun

 

Rehearsal days:

Monday and Thursday evenings, 7-10pm beginning Thursday

plus additional Sundays as required (approx. 3)