Play is an ode to life

From left, Alexanda Kwon playing Ceres, Sarah Allan playing Iris, Katerine Tisdall Playing Juno, Aedan Whalley playing Ceres and Oscar Walsh playing Iris.

From left, Alexanda Kwon playing Ceres, Sarah Allan playing Iris, Katerine Tisdall Playing Juno, Aedan Whalley playing Ceres and Oscar Walsh playing Iris.

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‘WE are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep’.

Whirlwind Youth Theatre is presenting The Tempest at the Gregson Community Arts Centre on July 8-9, directed by Myette Godwyn.

This beautiful, magical play, is an ode to life and includes: a shipwreck, young love, elemental sorcery, fantastical mythological characters, personal loss and family reconciliation.

There are colourful, marvellous Jacobean-style costumes and the music has been specially written.

Two young dancers from the Laura Sandham School of Dance play Ariel giving a vibrant physical performance.

The talents of all the children/young people, some of whom have complex special needs, shine, and they have produced an amazing show.

The Gregson is a splendid space for Shakespeare as it looks like a small Globe Theatre complete with a balcony and recess, where Miranda and Ferdinand are revealed playing chess, snarling wolves appear and Roman deities promenade for wedding blessings.

There is a guest appearance from an established local actor Ian Blower, who has been in many shows at The Dukes, appearing in the plays in the park.

Ian is a regular with Whirlwind Theatre. He has been working with the children during the Saturday morning sessions on Shakespearian text production, making sure the pronunciation is correct and jumping up and down when things go wrong.

On the first night, things will be done a little differently, reflecting the joy of theatre in Shakespeare’s day.

The original Globe Theatre used to have what was called a ‘jig’ at the end of the play. Local bands would come on stage and play for a dance, and it didn’t matter whether the play had been the bloodiest tragedy or not – the band would step over the bodies and play jolly tunes, and the audience would make merry.

At the end of the show on the first night, the evening will be opened up to a type of Jacobean open mic night.

The MacLaries (local comic folk duo) and the children’s company will start the evening playing fun original numbers, but folk-style bands are also invited to join the jig.

The bar will be open and the audience should come prepared to dance, reflecting the fact that Shakespeare is not scary but a fun celebration of life for everyone.

On Sunday, July 8, the show with jig starts at 6pm. Proceedings get underway at 5.30pm on Monday, July 9.

Tickets cost £9/£8.50, £32 for a family ticket and £2 for the jig.

To book call 01524 811794 or visit {http:// www.whirlwindtheatre.org.uk|www.whirlwindtheatre.org.uk}.