The Tempest • Live In Your Living Room!


Creation Theatre and Big Telly Theatre Company presents

The Tempest

Live, Interactive and In Your Living Room

Adapted and directed by Zoe Seaton

11– 13 Apr 2020


Join Creation Theatre, Big Telly Theatre and a cast of nine actors over the Easter Bank Holiday and be the first to experience a new innovative, interactive, anarchic response to making theatre under lock down.

Your computer screen is now your very own portal to Prospero’s Island. You’ll be transported via Zoom from your living rooms to help Ariel’s spirit be freed, plot with Trinculo and Caliban, experience Miranda and Ferdinand falling in love and see Prospero enact his revenge. This will certainly not be your traditional Shakespeare. In association with Big Telly Theatre Company (A Midsummer Nights Dream), The Tempest will push the boundaries of this brave new world we find ourselves in and embrace our new digital stage with gusto.

In true Creation Theatre style this performance takes the spirit of adventure to the next level, with the essence of all that makes this site-responsive theatre company’swork unique at its heart. Adapted by Big Telly’s Artisitc Director Zoe Seaton (THE LYRIC THEATRE, HULL TRUCK THEATRE COMPANY,TINDERBOX THEATRE COMPANY).The set and costumes have been designed by Ryan Dawson Laight (CHICHESTERTHEATRE FESTIVAL, GARY CLARKE COMPANY,DENADA DANCE THEATRE, V&A).

Lucy Askew, Creation Theatre’s Chief Executive comments:

“We’re really excited to be trialing this brand-new idea. This piece of work has been made in isolation for people in isolation, and we hope that it truly opens up a whole other theatrical world that we can all experience and participate in from our living rooms. The production is quite ambitious and features a wonderful nine-strong cast and incorporates pre-filmed scenes, virtual backgrounds and projections. By purchasing a ticket, audiences will behelping to keep professional actors and creatives in paid work and alsoplaying an integral part in the development of new ways we can continue to entertainand be entertained.I do hope everyone enjoys the ride.”


Prior to The Tempest Live,Creation Theatre staged The Time Machine.  At The London Library which sadly closed before the end of its 5 week run due to government guidelines following the outbreak of Covid19. Other previous notable Creation productionshaveincludedPictures of Dorian Gray, co-produced with Jermyn Street Theatre and performed in Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford 2019). Don Quixote (Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway) staged in Oxford’s 250 year-old Covered Market. Dracula2019 at The London Library and Midsummer Night’s DreamOFFIE Finalist 2017at Omnibus Theatre.


Artistic Team
Director: Zoe Seaton
Designer: Ryan Dawson Laight

Stage Manager:Sinead Owens

Production Manager: Giles Stoakley

Al Barclay- Alonso

Ryan Duncan- Ferdinand

Madeleine MacMahon– Sebastian

Itxaso Moreno– Ariel

Giles Stoakley – Antonio

Rhodri Lewis – Trinculo

Simon Spencer-Hyde – Prospero

Annabelle Terry– Miranda

Paul (P.K.) Taylor– Caliban



Ticketprice: Upt to 2 people £20, Householdticket £30.

Sat 11 Apr – Mon13 Apr, 3pmand 7.30pm. Six performances in total.

Running Time: 1 hr

Box Office 01865 766266 or online at

Follow them on: @creationtheatre  @BigTellyNI

About Creation Theatre

Creation Theatre Company is Oxfordshire’s largest producing theatre company. Specialising in classic texts and unusual locations, Creation brings to life the stories you know even if you’ve never read them.

Creation has been producing Shakespeare’s greatest texts in Oxford for 20 years, delighting audiences in venues from MINI Plant Oxford to Headington Hill Park. Creation’s education programme reaches 2,000 children every year through live performances, weekly Drama Clubs, Holiday Workshops and courses in schools.


About Big Telly Theatre

Big Telly was established in 1986 by Zoe Seaton. Since then, the company has grown to be one of Northern Ireland’s longest established and respected theatre companies. The company has a long tradition of touring theatre work, and has become an expert in site responsive and participation theatre.With the depth and range of our output, we inevitably are involved in partnership working with many organisations and our diverse work reaches into areas of tourism, heritage, community safety and mental health.


About Ryan Dawson Laight

Ryan is a designer for performance, specializing in set and costume, with credits that span theatre, opera, cabaret and dance.Having studied design at the University of Brighton he has gone on to work both nationally and internationally.He is an Associate Designer for Creation Theatre and an Associate Lecturer in Theatre Design at the University of Chichester. Regular collaborators include: Chichester Festival Theatre, McOnie Company, DeNada Dance Theatre, Gary Clark Company, Le Gateau Chocolat, Deaf Men Dancing, The V&A, Sasha Regan and the Union Theatre.

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