Ladies on top with an all female cast for Tempest

The Tempest in rehearsals ahead of dates at Chipping Norton theatre
The Tempest in rehearsals ahead of dates at Chipping Norton theatre

It is all about girl power as an all female theatre company will perform at Chipping Norton Theatre.

Sea-Change take on Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest from Wednesday to Thursday, September 26 to 27.

The Tempest in rehearsals ahead of dates at Chipping Norton theatre

The Tempest in rehearsals ahead of dates at Chipping Norton theatre

Prospero is a single mother from Milan. Deprived of her dukedom she is abandoned by her enemies on an island, where dwells a host of supernatural creatures, including the terrifying, villainous Sycorax, who is intent on absolute power. When Prospero’s usurper draws near the island, a magical storm draws together old enemies and new lovers in a tale of sorcery, spirits and the sea.

The play has been described as a humorous, thought-provoking and gender-bending adaptation for our times, underscored with sea shanties, calypso and contemporary music.

Director Justine Malone said: “I was keen to keep the mystical darkness and sense of voodoo magic at play - but have cut it down to a shorter, more pacey, anarchic series of events.

“I wanted to draw out that sense of the unpredictable, inspired by 80s punk and atmospheric synths (the soundtrack features Siouxsie & The Banshees, Patti Smith and Delia Derbyshire).

“We’ve also played around with some of the sub-plots and brought them in as memories and flashbacks.

“For example, Caliban’s mother, the witch Sycorax, appears – just for a moment – for spectators to experience the moment she was abandoned on the island as a new mother, just as Prospero was with Miranda some years later.”

She also stated that a very different relationship can be portrayed in the show.

Justine added: “The central love story also has the twist of being a lesbian relationship. I don’t think Ferdinand would have necessarily been able to come out in the world of aristocracy back at home. But on the island, there are no rules, restrictions or boundaries – so long as Prospero is on your side. This is something new and different for Chipping Norton. But I think fans of traditional Shakespeare will enjoy it as much as those who are new to his work.”

Visit www.chippingnortontheatre.com to book tickets.