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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

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  • General Admission - Evening : $34.05 each ($30.00 + $4.05 fees)
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  • Thu 13 Jun 2024, 8:00pm–10:15pm
  • Fri 14 Jun 2024, 1:00pm–3:00pm Matinee
  • Fri 14 Jun 2024, 7:30pm–9:45pm
  • Sat 15 Jun 2024, 7:30pm–9:45pm
  • Sun 16 Jun 2024, 2:30pm–4:45pm Matinee



A masterpiece of spectacle, redemptive romance, comedy, poetry, song, and politics, 'The Tempest' (Shakespeare's last play) is regarded as the most lyrical, profound, and magical of his comedies.

Prospero, the exiled duke of Milan, has been on a remote island with their daughter Miranda for 12 years. They use their magical powers to conjure up a fearsome storm, so that their enemies, including their treacherous brother Antonio, are shipwrecked onto the island. There follows a play filled with murderous plots, drunken confusion, love, and redemption.

SBZ's new visually, aurally, and physically stunning multidisciplinary version of William Shakespeare's fantastical play turns the former church building of Hanover Hall into Prospero's enchanted island. Holding true to the original text and song, director Blaise Barham adds contemporary music, stunning costumes, physical theatre, with gender-blind casting, to put a new contemporary spin on this classic whilst further exploring themes of power and status, entrapment, letting go of what enslaves us and freedom. With a performing cast of 25 actors, singers, dancers, and musicians the spectacle of the piece is brought to the fore.

Sahara BreeZe (SBZ) Productions was founded in 2019 as a touring theatre company and has been based in Dunedin since 2021. Since then, it has produced multiple shows such as Two by Jim Cartwright, Dracula the Bloody Truth by La Navette Bete, Wonderful by Richard Huber, Out at Sea by Slawomir Mrozek, The John Show by John Goudge, Shotglass Shorts Play Writing Competition, The Bear and The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, and All Heroes by Sarah Barham. SBZ has received multiple nominations and awards most recently an 'Outstanding Contribution to Dunedin Theatre' in 2024. The Tempest will be its 10th Dunedin production.
Refer reviews of previous productions:

Director: Blaise Barham
Assistant Director: Kaiser Coles
Musical Director (music): Sam Meikle
Musical Director (singing): Meko Ng
Physical Theatre Director: Becky Hodson
Technical Director: Josh Wiegman
Costume Design: Sophie Welvaert
Lighting Design: Milla Swwanson-Dobbs
Make up Design: Christal Allpress-Jenkins
Hair Design: Jen Matiu
Production Manager: Linda Brewster
Stage Manager & Properties: Christine Wilson
Assistant Stage Manager: Sheena Townsend

CAST in order of appearance:
Alonso: Don Townsend
Ferdinand: Jack Hanan
Sebastian: Thomas Makinson
Master/Francisco: Mathew Brennan
Boatswain/Adrian: Zac Henry
Gonzalo: Josh Black
Antonio: Chris Cook
Miranda: Elizabeth (Lizzie) Thomson
Prospera: Sarah Barham
Caliban: Craig Storey
Ariel (air): Sacha McConnon
Ariel (fire): Jack Hollis-Wilson
Ariel (water): Alexander Julian (Xandy)
Trinculo: Brent Caldwell
Stephano: Aimee Freeman
Iris: Alexander Julian (Xandy)
Ceres: Meko Ng
Juno: Sacha McConnon

A physical ensemble of mariners, nymphs, reapers and spirits played by: Becky Hodson, Esther Smith, Imogen Duncan, Oliver McKeown, Rochelle Brophy, Stella Wispinski, Zac Henry & Matthew Brennan.

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