Fresh from the Old Miners’ Bathhouse in Blackball, Kiwi/Possum Productions (Greymouth), DramaLAB (Golden Bay) and Free Theatre (Christchurch) bring William Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Waldheim, Seven Oaks.
Directed by Peter Falkenberg and Heather Fletcher with design by Pam McKelvey and featuring Paul Maunder as Prospero, Jason Johnson as Caliban, Finn Gestro-Best as Ariel and Diva Baanvinger Singh as Miranda.
This Tempest is conceived as performed by a comedia dell‘arte travelling troupe with their director Prospero trying to control the proceedings. But some of his actors are not always capable or willing to hold the high dramatic tone that a Shakespearian performance demands. The actors‘ rebellion is led by his comic lead actor Caliban who is trying to throw some spanners in the works. The recent controversy about Shakespeare as an English imperialist writer that should not be supported financially by an anticolonialist country like New Zealand might also be reflected by the struggle that our acting troupe finds itself in.
This cross-coastal community collaboration began when Free Theatre travelled to Blackball to work on a production of Beckett’s Endgame (2021). Free Theatre Manager Marian McCurdy says: “These community collaborations are created quickly in just 8 days of working together in the glorious open-air ruins of the miners bathhouse. The last summer we worked here it rained every day. We’ll see what tempest we can conjure this time”.
Summer Theatre: Classic Encounter
Old Miner's Bathhouse, Blackball
Saturday 28th January, 7.30pm
Sunday 29th January, 7.30pm
*Assemble at the Community Centre for the procession
$20 / Bookings 021 106 3669
La direzione: Peter Falkenberg & Heather Fletcher
Scenografo: Pam McKelvey
Costumi: Elisa Wells & Pam McKelvey
Effetti sonori e musica: Karen Grant & Marian McCurdy
Composizione della canzone: Heather Fletcher
Prospero Paul Maunder
Miranda Diva Baanvinger Singh
Ariel Finn Gestro-Best
Caliban Jason Johnson
Ferdinand Hari d’Hondt
Gonzalo Frank Wells
Alonso Jeff Rowe
Sebastian Francis Darwen
Antonio Cary Lancaster
Trinculo Caroline Selwood
Stephano Martine Baanvinger
Ceres Elisa Wells