They begin at the University of St Mark & St John from 14-16 May and will then be performing at The Sterts Theatre in Liskeard 23 May, The Barbican Theatre 30 May and Exeter Ignite Festival 2-3 June.
Rosa Rebecka, a popular singer-songwriter, will be joining the evening performances on the 14th and 15th in a post-production arts café and there will be a photography exhibition by Howard Nowlan. Their work is being used in the production as part of the director’s contemporary twist on the story. The evenings will be pop-up festivals and will provide networking for local artists.
The Actor’s Wheel is a professionally-produced, training theatre company, owned by the University of St Mark & St John’s acting programme. This is the Wheel’s first production. The text has been reworked for a female Prospera, who is being played by Abigail Cowan.
Kevin Johnson, the theatre company’s director said, ‘I’m really excited about the first Actor’s Wheel tour, the rehearsals and designs are all going well and we have the wonderful Rosa Rebecka playing after the first two performances. We have made some adventurous cuts to bring the play to a contemporary audience, the result is a fast-paced, dynamic reworking of the original text performed by a strong ensemble.’
The story is set in a stormy, remote island and is driven by a sorceress and her desire for justice/revenge. Banished to the island with her daughter for the last twelve years, she conjures a tempest to shipwreck her enemies.
The highly physical director’s cut investigates many human themes such as forgiveness, control, revenge and slavery. It promises to be a lively and dynamic experience. Be not afeard, the University will be full of noises.
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