Shakespeare’s The Tempest set for Sunderland park

Theatre Space North East production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which will be performed in barnes park, Sunderland.
Theatre Space North East production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which will be performed in barnes park, Sunderland.
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PARK strife – a Shakespearean classic about two hapless lovers will be brought to life in Barnes Park.

Such was the success of Theatre Space NE’s open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year, that they have been asked to return.

From Wednesday, the talented troupe will lead their audience into the fantastical world of The Tempest as they enact scenes around the city park.

Artistic director Corinne Kilvington said: “Our production last year proved so popular that around 450 people ended up watching the show.

“Because of the way it works, with us moving around the park, we picked up people along the way, such as people who were out walking their dogs and kids out playing who ended up sitting down to watch us.”

With Corinne at the helm, the group will perform a specially-adapted version of The Tempest, taking park visitors on a whimsical journey through a ferocious storm as they encounter spirits, monsters, magic and romance on a mysterious island.

The local actors, who have been rehearsing the show at Sunderland University’s St Peter’s Campus, will perform in all but the most extreme of weather conditions.

Corinne said: “Because of The Tempest’s island setting, it suits the park well.

“In many respects it’s how Shakespeare was supposed to be performed: outside and for the enjoyment of everyone. It’s very much entertainment for the masses.”

Performances will take place tomorrow, Thursday and Friday from 7pm.

As with last year, a donation of £5 is suggested.

However, anyone who’s walking through the park can catch a glimpse of the action. There is no need to book a ticket or reserve a place.

The production echoes plans for the “cultural spring,” which aims to use £2million worth of funding to bring artists and musicians to the streets of Sunderland.