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Abbey Shakespeare Players 2015: The Tempest

O, brave new world that has such people in't!
Miranda Act V Sc 1

Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda are castaways on a remote island.

Prospero conjures a tempest when he discovers his usurping brother and the complicit King of Naples on a ship nearby and lures them into his ethereal kingdom.

Though this island seem to be desert
Uninhabitable and almost inaccessible
It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.
The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
Adrian, Act II Sc 1

The shipwrecked souls do not realize that they are on the island as pawns as they embark on their own voyages of self-discovery through encounters with the island's reluctant colonisers and their slaves - a magical spirit and the deformed son of a witch.

This island's mine by Sycorax, my mother.
Caliban, Act I Sc 2

The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's late works, and apparently the last play of which he was sole author. A masterpiece of dramatic invention, its repeated allusions to art, spectacle and illusion have led some to associate Prospero with Shakespeare himself.

Seated outdoors near the sea, be transported to an island that shows us what it means to be human. And as the day ends and swallows turn into stars, St Dogmaels Abbey creates its very own kind of magic.

Cast & Crew - Poster - Backstage & Performance Photos

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.

Prospero, Act IV Sc 1

The Tempest was the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 29th summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey and was directed by Henry Morris.

Performances were from Wednesday 5 August to Saturday 8 August 2015 at 8pm

With grateful thanks to the people of St Dogmaels and Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments for their generosity and continued support.

Proceeds from this production donated to Hanes Llandoch and the St Dogmaels Memorial Hall.