Bilimankhwe International Theatre presents Adapted and Directed by Kate Stafford
Designed by Hazel Albarn
Choreography by Shyne Phiri
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
At Dynamix Amphitheatre at 8pm on Saturday 28th October.
Tickets can be bought from Northern Stage Box Office here
There are free tickets for 16-21 year olds with the ticket code: Tempest1621 and for people with asylum seeker or refugee status with the ticket code: TempestFree
It will be cold in the building, please dress warmly (as if going to an outdoor show),and bring a blanket if you can! There will be East Afrikan food by Chakula on sale from 6:30pm on the day as well.
This is the last night of a national tour of this show, and the only performance in the North East. With performers and artists involved from Central and Southern Africa, and drawing on the rich music, dance and other cultural traditions of those regions to tell the story, and create a unique world.
Meet some of the artists involved, in this video link
A gripping comedy of magic, love and redemption. The sorcerer Prospero and his teenage daughter Miranda are exiled on a strange magical island. When Prospero raises a storm to destroy his enemies, revenge – and escape from the island – seems to be within his reach at last.
Featuring the stunning contemporary African dance choreography of Shyne Phiri and live music and original songs by renowned Malawian recording artist Ben Mankhamba. Soundtrack and projections sampling traditional Malawian music have been created by Bristol-based musician and film-maker Frederick Rich.
It is powerful, passionate, and of course magical. By bringing together artists from Africa and Europe, the company uses the best from both continents to both entertain and move the audience.
See what some audience members had to say about the show after one of the first performances in Greenwhich here.
The soundtrack blends traditional Malawi with electronic beats; using Malawian instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano) and mazimba (wooden xylophone), world instruments such a didgeridoo and jews harp and modern guitar the musicians also play live to create a rich layered sound giving Prospero’s island its magic.
The play is about patriarchy and the end of colonialism. At the start of the play we see Ariel (played by Joshua Bhima and Robert Magasa) creating a storm at the instruction of Prospero (Christopher Brand). By using his magic to take the island from the witch Sycorax, set Ariel free and steal Caliban’s birthright, Prospero has sets off the chain of events which leads to the action of the play. His personal journey eventually leads to him to renounce his magic, hand back ownership of the island to its original inhabitants and understand that his daughter must be free to choose her own future.
The play is beautifully designed by Hazel Albarn using natural materials reflecting the ancient Malawian Nyau traditions; together with the contemporary projections and other-worldly music the effect is of a place outside time, where anything can (and sometimes does) happen.
The original island inhabitants, Caliban (played by Stanley Mambo) and Ariel, speak in a mixture of their native tongue and English – as is common in many countries which have been colonised by the British.
Ariel is sometimes one, sometimes splits into two – the use of two performers working in physical harmony allows for even more ‘now-you-see-him-now-you-don’t’ trickery. The rest of the multi-racial cast are all British and speak with their native English accents. The play is about patriarchy, colonialism and power.