Space Tempest

Breakaway Theatre's production of The Tempest was an eye opener for me.  After my Aunt took me to see a production of Shakespeare's play back in the late 1990s, I had come away wondering exactly what it was I had just seen; it was loud, overly dramatic and hard to follow.  By contrast, Lesley Cowland's interpretation of the well-known classic was fun, entertaining and relatable ... in part, due to the space theme, which had more than a few nods to both Star Wars and Star Trek!

Above all, I actually understood what was happening!

Presented in the grounds of the Inn on the Park, St Albans, this was also my first open-air theatre production, which meant very little set design by necessity, proving - to me, at least - that over-indulgent sets really aren't required if you have a strong performance.


Luckily for you, there are still more performances later this week, so you haven't missed out yet!  Even if you are one of those people that "doesn't do Shakespeare", I would suggest maybe giving it a go this one time.  Don't trust my view on this?  Then how about The Herts Advertiser who reviewed the production at the weekend and said that it was "...a relaxing and entertaining way to spend a summer's evening."

You can book your tickets through TicketSource or via the Breakaway Theatre website and don't forget to leave them a review on their Facebook page!

One little piece of advice if you do decide to go: it may be the middle of Summer, but it would be worth making sure you take some warm clothes and perhaps a blanket - the evenings are still a little chilly!!

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