A PERFORMANCE of one of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest, will take place at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
Starring members of the Boaty Youth Theatre, the performance has benefited from a Royal Shakespeare Company workshop thanks to a generous benefactor.
The performances will be taking place at the museum on Wednesday and Thursday, February 20 and 21, and tickets are on sale there now.
Director Laura Harris said: “We were incredibly fortunate to receive funding for a workshop event with the Royal Shakespeare Company so I decided that we should attempt a performance of The Tempest.
“After speaking to the youth theatre members about this, everyone seemed very excited, especially after we’d decided upon a new framework for our version of the play, ‘steam punk’.
“In its most simple form, ‘steam punk’ is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery in a modern-day or even futuristic context.
“This seemed to work perfectly, melding the strange fantasy island on which the action of Shakespeare’s fantastic tragi-comedy takes place with the heavily steam-powered and industrialised look of the site-specific surroundings where the adapted script would be performed.”
She added: “I am really pleased with the results so far and am also very proud to say that, although the play has been condensed, we are still using the original language and the original text as far as possible.”
Tickets cost £3 for adults, £2.50 for concessions and £2 for children and are available from the museum reception or by calling 0151 355 5017.
Booking in advance is essential and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm performance on February 20 and February 21.
For more information, call 0151 355 5017 or visit www.nwm.org.uk. Annual passes for the museum are available – ask at reception.