This was an entertaining, adventurous production of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies.
The director and lead performer Alex Kendall Robson’s director’s note in the program is very illuminating. This is an excerpt from the note.
“As always with Giant Dwarf, set elements have to be kept minimal, as we essentially have to bump out after every show. So how does one then transform an Art Deco Hall in Redfern into a renaissance tropical island? You don’t. Which saves a lot of bother. I went with a carnivalesque aesthetic to match the red velvet curtain and gilded proscenium. Prospero’s own cheap and nasty circus for the damned: Mardi Gras meets Dia de los Muertos- on a budget. Prospero is a magician, literally, but is also a ringleader and puppet master; the other characters are his ‘demi-puppets’- enacting his present fancies.”
THE TEMPEST is a story of magic and monsters, and of an enchanted island set in a distant sea. It tells of what happened in three hours on that island, when beauty and nonsense and innocence and terror clash for a time and then quiet in to a final peace under the power of a great magician Prospero, and to see it is to enter into a wonderful world which is not quite like any other that Shakespeare ever made. Continue reading THE TEMPEST @ THE GIANT DWARF THEATRE