The Tempest

“Groundbreaking Shakespeare”

★★★★  The Guardian

For children with autism and their families.

Fifteen children on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with six actors in a circle on the floor around a painted floor cloth, which represents Prospero’s island. The children’s families sit just behind them. The actors invite the children to join them on the island as the story unfolds through sensory games, which the children and actors play together.

First performed in Stratford-upon-Avon and Columbus Ohio as a co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Ohio State University, July 2014. Subsequent performances at Bloomsbury Festival October 2015, The Help Centre, Los Angeles May 2016, Clasiscos en Alcala June 2016, Festival of Love, Southbank Centre July 2016, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond UK October 2016.

“I was blown away by the sensitive performance of the group of dedicated and highly knowledgeable actors who managed to immerse and involve a group of adolescents with severe autism in their creative interpretation of the Tempest. I think very highly of the work of Flute Theatre and thoroughly recommend their approach. It is a wonderful contribution to a more holistic education of individuals with autism, and it would seem to be applicable at all ages and all abilities, including those without language.” – Uta Frith DBE

 

Cast and Creatives

Original cast, Stratford upon Avon 2014
Columbus Ohio. 2014
LA Help Centre 2016
Greg Hicks  – Caliban
Chris Macdonald  – Ferdinand/Stephano
Kevin McClatchy  – Prospero
Mahmoud Osman  – Ariel
Robin Post  – Trinculo
Eva Lily Tausig  – Miranda

Bloomsbury Festival 2015
Tricia Gannon  – Trinculo
Greg Hicks  – Caliban
Chris Macdonald  – Ferdinand/Stephano
Sifiso Mazibuko  – Prospero
Roslyn Paterson  – Ariel
Eva Lily Tausig  – Miranda

Clasicos en Alcala 2016
Jimmy Castro  – Prospero
David Soto Giganto  – Ferdinand/Trinculo
Greg Hicks  – Caliban
David Matillo  – Stephano
Aleix Mele  – Ariel
Sara Sanchez  – Miranda

Festival of Love, Southbank Centre 2016
Taz Emiabata  – Caliban
Tricia Gannon  – Trinculo
Chris Macdonald  – Ferdinand/Stephano
Sifiso Mazibuko  – Prospero
Eva Lily Tausig  – Miranda
Andrew Trimmer  – Ariel

Orange Tree Theatre October 2016
Finlay Cormack  – Ariel
Tricia Gannon  – Trinculo
Lowri Izzard  – Miranda
Joshua Jackson  – Caliban
Chris Macdonald  – Ferdinand/Stephano
Sifiso Mazibuko  – Prospero

Director 
Kelly Hunter

Designer
Anthony Lamble

Company Stage Manager
Paula Salmon

Original Casting Director
Annelie Powell

Original Production Development
Emma Richards

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