This Autumn they are collaborating with another theatre company, Yellowbelly Theatre (Will Hobby and Grace Noble). Together, they are touring a production of The Tempest across the country – to theatres, community venues and places of education.
Performances fall during the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death. The play is set in the year 2020, offering an imagined future after Brexit and the Migration Crisis. They’ll be combining innovative digital projections, segments of verbatim News Footage and live action. The production will raise funds for Doctors without Borders, who provide vital medical aid to those fleeing conflict.
The show is being performed alongside two acting students that graduated this year (Aimee Kember and Matt Penson). As part of the tour, the show will visit Bournemouth’s Shelley Theatre on Thursday 6th October 2016.
Joseph Rynhart said: “We want this production to get behind the dizzying statistics offered by the media, and show the real human elements of the problem. Both companies hope that this production will turn ideas about Shakespeare upside down. “The show should be full of recognisable elements from the real world – Shakespeare needs to remain relevant. The show takes shots at wealth, politics and the ruling elite – but ultimately, it’s about finding a place to call ‘home’.”
First there was poverty, persecution and war. People fled for fear, and searched for safety. By 2015, more than one million people had arrived in Europe by boat, rail or road. 5,411 of these were reported dead or missing that same year.
Some were lucky and granted asylum. Others were stranded between our borders. Camps were built across the continent.
In 2016 came the closing of borders, armed police, Detention Centres. We built fences. Words like ‘foreign’ began to spread fear. ‘Immigrant’ came to mean parasite. By 2017 Europe had reached breaking point.
It is now 2020. Thousands of people, already displaced, continue to search for home.
Among them is Prospero, and his daughter Miranda. Once powerful in his own country – then overthrown by his brother Antonio – Prospero finds himself stranded on ‘The Island’, a migrant camp. When a passing ship of politicians and dignitaries – amongst them Antonio – ventures close to The Island, Prospero seizes an opportunity for justice by summoning a fearsome tempest.