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Mask Theatre presents Shakespeare's wonderful shipwreck play for the Peterborough Arts Festival 2012.
Central Park - 19:30
30th June - 5th July
Friends Meeting House Gardens - 19:30
6th - 7th July
For the 9th year Peterborough MASK Theatre are back with a Shakespeare treat to compliment the festival programme.
The Tempest crosses the elements of the magical and the real world. Set in the Fens where, Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been stranded for many years, now having power over the fairies and the spirits. An opportunity arises for Prospero to bring Antonio and his men, who usurped the dukedom that he once had, to the Fenland Island. While stranded themselves they try and survive while Prospero looks on. Miranda finds true love in the King's son and the monster, Caliban, finds a master in two drunkards who have been separated from their group. Prospero has to decide whether or not to plot his revenge.
The play will find inspiration from the history of indigenous people from the Fens called the 'Fen Tigers' and 'Breedlings', who had a very alien and harsh lifestyle to enable them to survive in their environment. They have been described thus: 'they were a people apart, among whom other Englishmen rarely ventured'.
This year we are working with dance and music groups, along side the actors to create an exciting, original theatrical experience. We hope to achieve this kind of transformation whilst remaining true to the language of this, the last of Shakespeare's plays. The performances will be in conjunction with RSC Open Stages which has given the Mask the opportunity to work with and get support from professional theatre practitioners, making the production the best it can be.
The performances will commence at 7.30pm every night in our usual, temporary open-air venue in Central Park from the 30th June to the 5th July. This year we have added two extra performances in the gardens of the Friend's Meeting House on Thorpe Road at 7.30pm on the 6th and 7th July. Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased on the door, through Tourist Information on (01733) 452336 or enquires through our website: www.masktheatre.co.uk