The Tempest blasts into The Space

Classic theatre lovers will delight in HOTA: Home of the Arts and Mercury’s Wings latest production ‘The Tempest’ which will play in The Space at HOTA from Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 May.

Directed by Claudine Anderson, ‘The Tempest’ was written by William Shakespeare in the early 1600’s and is thought my many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. We asked Claudine about her interpretation.

“I don’t believe there is one classic interpretation of any text,” she said.

“I think to present a really great work, you have to find the resonance within and around you. Ultimately the piece is of and from our region – from us, the artists and our environment, presenting the work.”

Mercury’s Wings is proudly Gold Coast, she tells us.

“Mercury Wing’s long-term plan is to develop and nurture Gold Coast talent, meet the cultural demands of our region and provide sustainable professional opportunities for Gold Coast Artists and we are thrilled that with the support from the HOTA team, this production has come to fruition,” continued Claudine.

Leading the cast is Dr Patrick Mitchell as Prospero whose resume reads like a directory of Australian theatre.  Alicia Jones plays fearsome Ariel and Mercury’s Wings founder James Anderson undertakes the role of beast-like slave Caliban.

“Alicia Jones (Palawa) and James Anderson first proposed the piece, rocked by the immediacy and powerful relevance of colonialism themes,” Claudine explained.

“Dr Patrick Mitchell, playing Prospero, revealed philosophical debate within the text of seeming inherent frailty of leadership – again powerfully relevant in our world.”

Claudine hope the dynamic production will thrill the crowds.

“As director I love to surprise the audience.  Shakespeare was never meant to be boring!  For this Tempest, be ready for some loud music!  There is a nod to Elizabethan dress, juxtaposed with driftwood, salvage, Australian birdsong and chains.

“To really focus on the themes, I chose made substantial cuts to the piece, removing sub-plots to create a fast-paced play.  Running time is 85 minutes without an interval.”

‘The Tempest’ plays Wednesday to Friday 25 May at 10.30am and 7pm, and Saturday 26 May at 12pm. For more information and to book tickets visit www.hota.com.au.

The production is a collaboration between Mercury’s Wings and HOTA with funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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