The Tempest Blaise Castle 7/10
THIS production put me in mind of arriving for a splendid Christmas dinner finding the table beautifully set and the room superbly decorated, only for the evening to be marred because the centre piece, the turkey, was not up to the same standard.
Everything on the periphery of this production, stage settings, costumes, background sounds and music was expertly and inventively presented, but there was a lack of clarity in the telling the complex tale of Prospero, and his daughter Miranda as the outside world they have been divorced from for twelve years invades their island paradise.
A young lady returning from the interval break summed things up when she informed her companion that she loved the visual side of the production, but could not really understand what it was all about.
In all fairness the fact that a violent storm had fused the lights causing that interval to be taken early had not helped things along.
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Stoically the stage team had everything back to normal by the time things were due to start again and the remainder of the evening passed without further interruptions.
Andy Rusbridge's Prospero had also put an unsteady start behind him and developed a fine relationship with Megan Swingler's lovely innocent Miranda, and Peter Edwards as Ferdinand her handsomely romantic lover.
Clad in the briefest of costumes Sean Colledge, Anna Gardiner, and Jason Pickett braved the cold damp elements combing to bring the right ethereal quality to the character of Ariel.
There was an urgency about their presentation that would have served well some other scenes that were slow in developing, not helped by weather that was far too near the play's title.
Hopefully, this and the pace will improve during the rest of the week helping the company to bring out the best in this inventive production.