RSC – The Tempest, A Level drama Y12

Ffynone House School drama students visit RSC's The TempestFfynone House A Level drama students will see first hand  the results of a ground-breaking partnership between Intel and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Using today’s advanced computing and graphics technology to reimagine Shakespeare’s magical play, the RSC has created an awe inspiring and unforgettable theatrical experience.

Drawing on Shakespeare’s traditional techniques of theatrical magic, new digital and performance-capture techniques produce seemingly impossible feats, such as creatures appearing out of thin air and making items vanish. Live actors control onstage digital avatars that react alongside human actors onstage in real-time.

For more, see this BBC News item “Shakespeare’s Tempest gets mixed reality makeover“, and the RSC’s The Tempest page with a video about its creation.

This latest production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Gregory Doran, sees Simon Russell Beale return to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, Prospero’s enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.