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A performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest is taking place at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, starring members of the Boaty Youth Theatre.
The performances of William Shakespeare’s last play will take place at the National Waterways Museum on 20-21 February. Tickets are on sale at the museum now.
Thanks to a generous benefactor the performance has been helped along by a workshop from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Director Laura Harris said: “We were incredibly fortunate to receive funding for a workshop event with the Royal Shakespeare Company so I decided that we should attempt a performance of 'The Tempest'.
“After speaking to the Youth Theatre members about this everyone seemed very excited, especially after we'd decided upon a new framework for our version of the play: Steampunk!
“In its most simple form, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery in a modern-day or even futuristic context. This seemed to work perfectly, melding the strange fantasy island on which the action of Shakespeare's fantastic tragi-comedy takes place with the heavily steam-powered and industrialised look of the site-specific surroundings where the adapted script would be performed!
“I am really pleased with the results so far and am also very proud to say that, although the play has be condensed, we are still using the original language and the original text as far as possible.”
Tickets cost £3 for adults, £2.50 concessions and £2 children and are available from the museum reception or on 0151 355 5017. Booking in advance is essential and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm performance.
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