Katy Cawkwell, Storyteller                                   Exeter, UK

The Tempest retold

"Once upon a time in Italy, there was a great city in the North and a great city in the South..."


Katy unravels the narrative within Shakespeare's play to tell the story of the Tempest as you've never heard it before, yet remaining utterly faithful to the text, giving students a memorable understanding of the whole plot and how the characters relate and interact with each other.


This is a dramatic performance, weaving snippets of Shakespeare's language within Katy's robust, direct storytelling style and allowing the students to contribute what they already know (as appropriate - the show can also be used as an introduction for those who have not yet read the play).  


The performance covers the full back story of the political intrigue in Italy, the events on the island before the play begins and Claribel's wedding, as well as following all three groups upon the island: Ferdinand and Miranda, Caliban, Stephano & Trinculo and Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio & Gonzalo.   We also touch upon the masque, with a brief introduction of each of the mythological figures.  Katy gives a sense of Ariel's persona, his enchantment and his song, and of the complexity of the figures of Prospero and Caliban, each sympathetic and unattractive in turn.  This leads naturally to good post-performance discussion of how the characters may be viewed.


The performance lasts 1 hr 10 mins and it is good to have time for questions/discussion afterwards.  Suitable for Y6+

"Katy Cawkwell managed to capture both the importance of the setting and the fluctuating character dynamics in her solo performance of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. She pitched appropriately to her audience of Year 7 pupils, illuminating their understanding of some of the mythical connotations, whilst showcasing how fundamental voice, movement and sound effects are in sustaining the interest of an audience both young and old! The significance of the play as a dramatic construct certainly came to the fore, and the fact that a number of pupils asked some sophisticated questions at the end about the story's metaphorical allusions, protagonists, antagonists and villains and victims, suggests that Katy Cawkwell may well be returning to help with 'Hamlet' in Year 8!" English teacher, West Buckland School


“Our Year 7’s were enthralled by an inspirational and brand new re telling of Shakespeare’s Tempest performed by storyteller Katy Cawkwell” Librarian, Secondary School, Devon

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