Sinodun Players will be toasting the Bard’s 400th anniversary year with an innovative and magical production of The Tempest at Wallingford Corn Exchange in October. Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, love, magic and political intrigue has been given a radical overhaul that promises to enhance the supernatural quality of his final and, arguably, greatest masterpiece. Set on a mythical island where live a coterie of fascinating characters, this tale has long been hailed as Shakespeare’s most captivating. The story revolves around the exiled Prospero, the Duke of Milan, who plots revenge on his usurping brother by conjuring up a storm to lure him to his destiny. With a nod to the play’s sci-fi undercurrent, director Paul Cleverley’s production will immerses itself in an eerie, other-worldly ‘soundscape’ of haunting music and a fusion of unusual sounds. The music, which has been specially composed by Pete Orton and Alexandra Evans, and the soundscape produced by Jolyon Forward and John Evans, features a blend of historic instruments that includes a stripped-down piano, dulcimer, autoharp, theremin and drainpipe harp. All of this serves to enhance Mike Simmons’s extraordinary and ambitious set design. The addition of specialist lighting effects and stunning costumes will assure audiences a visual and audio treat.
Performances take place October 19-22 at the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG at 7.45pm. Tickets £10 from www.cornexchange.org.uk or box office 01491 825000. Group discounts are also available.