Phoebus Fire, a theatre company which aims to benefit the local community, are going on tour with a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Profits from ticket sales will be given to Catching Lives and we aim to ensure that there are staff or volunteers at the performances to answer any questions about the work the charity does. There will also be opportunities to donate dried foodstuffs and toiletries to staff at each performance.
Tickets are £12 and can be purchased here
(Please note the Herne Bay performance is unticketed and instead there will be an opportunity to make a donation to Catching Lives on the night through collection tins).
The tours dates are:
15th Sep: St Mary’s Arts Centre, Sandwich 7:30pm
16th Sep: St Mary of Charity, Faversham 7:30pm
19th Sep: The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury 8:00pm
22nd Sep: The Old Kent Market, Margate 7:30pm
24th Sep: Central Bandstand, Herne Bay (matinee) 2:30pm
30th Sep: St Mary Bredin, Canterbury 7:30pm
The story of how this project was developed, by Phoebus Fire…
The idea of setting Phoebus Fire’s production of the Tempest in the modern day and on the street came from a connection made between the illusiveness of the magical island in Shakespeare’s play and the existence, or non-existence, of the homeless person in the eyes of the passer-by. Prospero must have felt that dreadful state of abandonment every time he saw a merchant ship sail by.
Kit and her cast are amazed at how well the original story line lends itself to their modern interpretation of the play. “As soon as I got the idea of depicting some of the characters as homeless people everything else just slotted into place”, said Kit. “We approached Catching Lives because of their outstanding reputation for helping the homeless in our area, and Terry Gore has been behind the project since day one. We wanted it to be a joint venture with Catching Lives staff being on hand at each performance of the tour to inform the audience about the work the charity does and what the profits from the tour will be funding. Then we got the idea of each performance being a collection point for donations from the audience of dried foodstuffs and toiletries so each audience member could potentially be helping the cause on two fronts!
Several months down the line rehearsals at the Catching Lives Open Centre are going well and Phoebus Fire’s Tempest is taking on its own unique character. In this cut down version of the original play, the language might be Shakespearean but that’s where we leave the 17th century behind. Naples and Milan have become corporations rather than kingdoms, and Prospera has been banished to the streets and survives as an opportune herbalist and healer, with only the feral Caliban and ex-junkie Ariel to help her bring up her daughter Miranda unscathed, in a secret corner of this desperate existence. When her business rival, Alonza, sails by with family and friends, including Prospera’s usurping sister Antonia, she summons a terrible storm and wrecks the yacht, depositing everyone, including the galley crew (Stephana the drunken sous-chef and Trinculo the pot-washer) onto her streets.
For pictures and videos of the rehearsals you can visit their Facebook page here