This is going to be a long post, literally: there are lots of photographs of Spud’s school’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Expect gushing: I burst with so much pride after watching him, I think I lost weight.
The play sold out and with good reason – it was a fabulous production, full of life and noise and rage.
I suggest you play the video while you read: it is the music from the production and it really helps to create the mood.
Prospero and Ariel, creating the tempest.
Ariel was a cast of thousands, it seemed – about twenty in actuality. The effect was – dare I say it? – magical. Ariel is a spirit who enables Prospero to work his magic. Mrs Moffat, the director, was inspired in her use of many actors as one character. The sense of Ariel being all over the island, as the text suggests, was brought vividly to life on a simple yet effective set. The actors shared Ariel’s lines, which enhanced the effect.
No fancy set building, just the clever use of props, sound and lighting.
A tender moment between Prospero and his daughter, Miranda
Spud studied the text, watched selected scenes from other productions, discussed the character with Mrs Moffat and decided he was going to be an angry Prospero, hating those who usurped his position as rightful Duke of Milan but prepared to put that aside for the sake of his beloved daughter.
How now, moody?
A stern Prospero, putting Ariel in its place.
Potential suitors, beware!
Are you listening, Ferdinand?
The evil Sebastian (on the left)
The King’s brother – slightly camp, wholly malevolent and brilliantly played.
Be not afeared; th’isle is full o’ noises…
The spirits torment Caliban
You are three men of sin…
My son’s performance aside, this was my favourite moment in the play – the Harpies were truly terrifying.
The moment they advanced on the bad guys and let out a collective scream, the whole audience jumped in their seats. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.
Prospero, sad and reluctant, abjures his rough magic and frees Ariel at last
Spud in the coat which he’d really like to have worn as Prospero
I can say with no bias and complete honesty – what a night of oblectation!
For more photos on the school’s website, go here.