Community theatre group Nash Theatre stirred up a storm in New Farm with their production of William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, opening as the world commemorates the 400th anniversary of the legendary playwright’s death.
In the play, powerful wizard Prospero (played by Barry Haworth, who gives the character the requisite commanding presence) churns up the seas and conjures a violent storm that strands his treacherous brother Antonio and the King of Naples Alonso on the island to which Prospero was banished.
Amid the chaos, Prospero manipulates events on the island with the help of his invisible fairy helper Ariel, played brilliantly by newcomer Frances Foo.
Revenge, romance and comedy combine as Alonso’s son Ferdinand (played by Isaac Barnes) romances Prospero’s daughter Miranda (played by Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn) and the booze-loving Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban provide trademark Shakespearean comic relief.
Nash Theatre’s production of The Tempest is part of Brisbane’s Anywhere Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival brings live theatre, music, dance, comedy, cabaret, poetry and more to various stages around Brisbane city.
The Tempest runs until June 4 at the Nash Theatre, located in the Brunswick Room in the Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. For tickets visit NashTheatre.com.