The Tempest

July 2015 – Little Moreton Hall

“There’s no better stage for a production of Shakespeare than Tudor manor house Little Moreton Hall”

Congleton Chronicle

Press release

Poster designed by Barbara Evans

National Trust property Little Moreton Hall once again hosts a production by award-winning local amateur company, Alsager Community Theatre. In July, ACT stages Shakespeare’s The Tempest in one of the most intimate and delightful acting areas in Cheshire, the courtyard of this beautiful Elizabethan Hall (or in a marquee there if the weather is wet).
In The Tempest, the exiled Duke of Milan (Prospero) is absolute ruler of an island inhabited by spirits, strange creatures and which “is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.” Prospero, his daughter Miranda and his faithful spirit Ariel live isolated from human contact until a magically created storm throws upon the shore Prospero’s treacherous brother Antonio, Alonso King of Naples and various members of both courts. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the evil plots of worldly courtiers are no match for the transformative power of generous magic. Meanwhile, the broad humour traditional in a Shakespearean comedy is ably provided by two servants of the court who meet Caliban, Prospero’s “savage and deformed slave”. Together they drunkenly plot against his master.

Director Elizabeth Horrocks tells us “The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s last plays, written when he was at the height of his powers. ACT is fortunate to have attracted a very strong cast of local actors, and in our production we are emphasising the magical and mysterious aspects of the play with music written specially for ACT by local composer Richard Tadman, and with fabulous and fantastical costumes created by ACT’s talented wardrobe mistress, Barbara Malcolm.”

In The Tempest, the exiled Duke of Milan (Prospero) is absolute ruler of an island inhabited by spirits, strange creatures and which “is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.” Prospero, his daughter Miranda and his faithful spirit Ariel live isolated from human contact until a magically created storm throws upon the shore Prospero’s treacherous brother Antonio, Alonso King of Naples and various members of both courts. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the evil plots of worldly courtiers are no match for the transformative power of generous magic. Meanwhile, the broad humour traditional in a Shakespearean comedy is ably provided by two servants of the court who meet Caliban, Prospero’s “savage and deformed slave”. Together they drunkenly plot against his master.

Director Elizabeth Horrocks tells us “The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s last plays, written when he was at the height of his powers. ACT is fortunate to have attracted a very strong cast of local actors, and in our production we are emphasising the magical and mysterious aspects of the play with music written specially for ACT by local composer Richard Tadman, and with fabulous and fantastical costumes created by ACT’s talented wardrobe mistress, Barbara Malcolm.”

This play will be performed at Little Moreton Hall from the 9th – 11th and 16th – 18th July 2014.

Directed by Elizabeth Horrocks

Cast

ProsperoDavid Bryan
MirandaRachel Mullock
ArielToni Sherwood-Pearce
CalibanJames Gillespie
JunoJean Ball
IrisJacky Machin
CeresBethany Colclough
AlonsoChris Pepper
FerdinandJames Tomkinson
SebastianAlistair Pullan
AntonioPhilip Jackson
GonzalaMaree Thorpe
Francesca / SpiritPam Hargreaves
Stephano / MarinerMike Turner
Trinculo / MarinerHoward Thorpe
BosunSteve Stirland
SpiritPauline Malpas

Due to an injury David Bryan is unable to play the role of Prospero. Keith Toulson has agreed to step in.

Photography by Keith Plant