SINODUN Players’ production of The Tempest, which takes place at Wallingford Corn Exchange in October, promises
SINODUN Players’ production of The Tempest, which takes place at Wallingford Corn Exchange in October, promises to be fun, haunting, strange and entrancing, according to director Paul Cleverley.
Tapping into the play’s sci-fi undertones, he has gathered together an artistic and technical team to produce an eerie, otherworldly “soundscape” that enhances the supernatural mood of arguably Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece.
A stripped-down piano, dulcimer and drainpipe harp are among the instruments used to produce specially-composed music and a fusion of unusual sounds.
An extraordinary, ambitious set, together with specialist lighting and stunning costumes, will assure audiences of an audio and visual treat.
Set on a mythical island where dwells a coterie of fascinating characters, this fantasy tale has long been hailed as Shakespeare’s most captivating. The story revolves around Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, who plots revenge on his usurping brother by conjuring up a storm to lure him to his destiny.
Cleverley says: “The Tempest is hard to categorise. It’s neither tragedy nor comedy, although it was written as a comedy on the threshold of an old world giving way to a brave new one, with new scientific discoveries that had the appearance of magic.
“We have a very strong production team and cast delivering Shakespeare in a language everyone will understand.”
The play is at Wallingford Corn Exchange from Wednesday, October 19, to Saturday, October 22. Showtime is 7.45pm each night and there will be a Q&A with the cast and director following the Thursday performance. Tickets are £10 from www.cornexchange.org.uk or the box office on (01491) 825000. Group discounts are available.