[2015.08.06] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.
This autumn at Northern Stage, Prospero is, once again, returned to the shores of a remote island where he will torment his brother as an act of revenge for his sibling’s thievery.
Though The Tempest is a classic and has had many interpretations, Improbable’s sense of theatrical urgency, and focus on what they describe as what is ’really happening in the moment,’ will no doubt bring an energised reworking to the moments of this story.
As a company, Improbable have been invested in creating theatre for over twenty years, keeping improvisation at the heart of their exploration. It is from such a tendency that some truly exciting spectacles have been produced.
Many of their previous shows have utilised puppetry too, and whether this is the case here or not, it will no doubt be a colourful and visually stimulating stage from start to finish.
As themes of deception and manipulation play out in the story, rest assured, on and off-stage, Improbable will be working to colour your mind in illusion too.
Phelim McDermott is taking charge of this tale of magic, and with the great Tyrone Huggins portraying the rightful Duke of Milan, with all his wizardry, this interpretation is set to inspire wonder.