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The Tempest by Fingerless Productions

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by Jody Kimber (subscribe)
Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Event:
The Tempest does Redfern


Shakespeare's last play, written alone. The Tempest is hevel. It's an expression of life as it is being lived. Of all that life brings with it, its joy and its heartbreak, life and death.

Shakespeare turns this storm into a saga. There is mysticism and wit with Fingerless Productions uniquely magical creation. Fingerless Productions takes their audience with them, taking them one step further into the realms of imagination with this vivid interpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

The Tempest by Fingerless Productions, The Tempest at the Giant Dwarf, The Giant Dwarf, Sydney Independent Theatre.
Prospero and Miranda - Alex Kendall Robson and Jade Fuda


Fingerless Productions turns it into something more with a unique and somewhat farcical take on this English classic.

There is a storm brewing. The magician, Prospero (Alex Kendall Robson), trapped on an island prison for twelve long years, with his truly monstrous slave (Shayan Askari), a moody spirit (Ariel), and his teenage daughter (Jade Fuda).

The Tempest, Fingerless Productions, The Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney Independent Theatre, Shakespeare.
Nicholas Foustellis, Jade Fuda and Darcy Campbell with Gonzalo


With over a decade of time past, of brooding over past wrongs, a ship appears and all his enemies appear. Is there the smell of sweet revenge in the air?

The Tempest, Fingerless Productions, The Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney Independent Theatre, Shakespeare.
Samantha Lambert - the Kings Jester, Zack Selmes - Ariel, Zoran Jevtic - the Butler


All this is directed by Alex Kendall Robson with music by the Antonio Fernandez. Zack Selmes playing the flute and

Fingerless Productions turns The Tempest into something more than just another Shakespeare production. The players enter the theatre from behind the rear curtain and circle their audience in exits and entrances to the stage. You feel embarrassed in the theatrical realm. The somewhat outrageous costumes mesmerise you and the words of classical Shakespeare draw you into this world within a world.

The Tempest, Fingerless Productions, The Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney Independent Theatre, Shakespeare.
The Jester, Alonso, Gonzalos, Stephano and more


Created to besot and bedazzle, this carnivalesque, vaudevillian production of The Tempest transcends time and stands out as both its own creation and pure Shakespearean magic with all his finest linguistic gymnastics.

The production is enigmatic, with music (Antonio Fernandez) and song across many genres. With puppetry (Ebony Anne Zderic) and pomp. This magical mystical performance seems like something almost out of the dress up play trucks of some old Victorian mansion. It is a feast for the eyes, music to the ears and an experience in all that can be done by the imagination.

The Tempest, Fingerless Productions, The Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney Independent Theatre, margin=
The Masque - all photos courtesy of Fingerless Productions


Thank you to all who performed before us. Darcy Campbell playing Alonso along with her puppet Gonzarlo. Stephano is Zoran Jevtic or is it that Zoran is Stephano? There is the Kings Jester, Trinculo, played outrageously by Samantha Lambert and Ferdinand Alonso's son - Nicholas Foustellis.

The Kings Jester, The Tempest at the Giant Dwarf, Sydney Independent Theatre,
The Jester - Trinculo


Shayan Askari, The Tempest at the Giant Dwarf, The Giant Dwarf, Fingerless Productions,Zoran Jevtic, Zac Selmes, Independent Theatre.
Zoran Jevtic, Shayan Askari and Zach Selmes.


With only one performance at the Giant Dwarf Theatre this May, let's hope that Fingerless Theatre Productions has more in store for us in the future.

The Giant Dwarf Theatre is located at 199 Cleveland Street Redfern. It is an awesome venue for Independent and upcoming theatre.

Check out The Giant Dwarf's upcoming productions and Fingerless Theatre Facebook too.


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Why? Shakespeare's last play.
When: From Friday 24th May
Where: Giant Dwarf - 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
Cost: $25.00
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