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    'Visually Thrilling' The Tempest Enthrals Audiences

    Over three nights just before half term, our Senior School's production of The Tempest' showcased the breadth of dramatic, musical and design talent amongst our pupils.

    Over three nights just before half term, our Senior School's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest' showcased the breadth of dramatic, musical and design talent amongst our pupils.

    Our thanks go to Mrs Sue Hart, School Librarian for this perceptive review:

    An evening to savour. Kimbolton School’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest was outstanding. A cast of 70 pupils enthralled audiences over three nights with their visually thrilling play about betrayal, revenge, love and forgiveness, all set in a world of magic and spirits.

    In an interesting spin, the main character was now a woman named Prospera, the rightful Duchess of Milan, brilliantly played by Jasmine Bayes. Prospera began by conjuring up a storm to lure her power hungry sister, Antonia (another gender change played with treacherous flair by Fizz Choy-Winters) and the conspiring King Alonso (Ben Rice) to the island. The stunning set came to life with sails flapping, storm howling and waves of water nymphs and spirits driving the boat and its passengers onto the island.

    We then met Caliban, the original inhabitant of the island and slave to Prospera. Lydia Carter captured Caliban’s grotesque but childlike qualities with exceptional skill, earning the sympathy of the audience from the outset. Other notable performances came to the fore when romance blossomed between Miranda (Jess Staplehurst) and Ferdinand (George Jessop), whilst Kaine Street was a perfect conspirator as Sebastian, the King’s brother.

    Original music composed by Ben Rice and other members of the cast heightened the theatrical experience whilst the comedic element, with the wonderful drunken duo of Stephano (Luke Wilson) and Trinculo (Ilya Semple), lightened the mood. Things became darker again when the sprites transformed into hounds; a chaotic and dramatic scene using clever lighting and shapeshifting to menacing effect.

    Those responsible for costume design, led by Celia Lee, also deserve a special mention, particularly for the elaborate headdresses and ethereal costumes worn by the four Ariel spirits (Elizabeth Collett, Priya Auton, Charlotte Rose and Alicia Blem-Filby) and the goddesses (Emily Sparkes, Sadie King and Kylie Grimsley). In fact all the support teams, made up of over forty pupils, played an integral part in ensuring the success of this amazing production. Well done everyone!

    For lots more photos, see our photo album.