This Last Tempest

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This Last Tempest is a sequel to The Tempest and begins where Shakespeare left off. Caliban and Ariel are left alone on the enchanted island, as Prospero’s ship sails over the horizon and out of view.

In the hours that follow, the magician’s former servants, the “savage” and the “airy spirit” are free to tell their unheard versions of the story. They use the magic of the words their master taught them to conjure-up their own brave new world, where spirits and monsters are people and inanimate things are alive. They perform a tempest and, as the wild waves roar around them, they begin again together.

Working with composer and musician Neil Johnson, Uninvited Guests fill this strange yet familiar island with guitar noise, evocative sounds and sweet airs. Part theatre, part gig, This Last Tempest draws on the company’s collaborative approach to devised theatre and is a show for both those who know Shakespeare’s play and audiences new to The Tempest.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCommisioned by Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
SizeTheatre performance 1hr 15mins
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventMayfest - Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 May 201516 May 2015


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