If you had trouble buying The Tempest – Steampunked! or didn’t have the funds at the time, we at the Puzzle are pleased to announce that the video of The Tempest is now available online at Vimeo free of charge. So what are you waiting for – take a look, or re-watch to bring back the memories:
If you’ve missed them, here are links to our coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald and our review in Theatre Junkies:
From SMH – ‘TOP hats, leather masks, cyborg eye sockets and corsets will take over the stage in a ”Steampunk” cabaret recreation of The Tempest, as part of this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival. It’s Shakespeare meets ’90s film Wild Wild West in an adaption that combines a 400 year-old play with a growing modern subculture to explore humans’ love affair with technology.
”Steampunk”, influenced by Victorian-era fashion garnished with brass accessories resembling gadgets from science fiction fantasy, forms the basis of John Galea’s contemporary adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s last works.’
From Theatre Junkies – ‘Director John Galea’s ‘steampunk vision’ of The Tempest is infused with a palpable affection for the potential of the Steampunk aesthetic, which fits Shakespeare’s play like a brass-buttoned leather glove. Whereas many productions of Shakepeare that attempt to update or transpose the Bard’s work into a different setting or genre have a laboured sense of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, Shakespeare’s The Tempest has always lent itself to mythological and futuristic interpretations, and the play feels quite at home in this steampunk production.’
Laura E. Goodin
Susan St Lawrence
Derek & Francis Ellwell
The Tempest: A new Steampunk vision of Shakespeare’s masterpiece of revenge and forgiveness. 29th August – 8th September 2012 at the Sidetrack Theatre, Addison Rd Centre, Marrickville. Tickets $33 / $27 Students & Concession.
If you’re in Sydney, please support the show by coming to our fundraiser – The Shakespearean Steampunk Cabaret at the Red Rattler Theatre on the 14th July!