York Shakespeare Project’s The Tempest is touring around North and East Yorkshire between Sept 23rd and Oct 1st 2022, culminating with a special performance at The York Theatre Royal. Book your tickets here.
20 years after YSP began its mission to put on all of Shakespeare’s plays “within the boundaries of the City of York” it marks the end of this ambitious project with its final production, The Tempest. Directed by Philip Parr, who is also artistic director of the York International Shakespeare Festival, it draws on the talents of “local amateur actors, stage managers, technicians, costume and prop makers”, including our very own Effie Warboys in a leading role as Miranda, Prospero’s daughter. Effie, a third year Creative Writing student, took our Shakespeare: Perspectives module last year. Now she is about to make her stage debut on the mainstage of the York Theatre Royal.
“Taking part in the York Shakespeare Project has been beyond a dream,” she said. “Playing
Miranda, Prospero’s daughter, has meant more to me than I could have ever imagined it would, especially with such a strong and talented cast around me.”
Philip Parr explains how important it had been to get the casting of Miranda right: “The York Shakespeare Project had a desire for the actor who plays Miranda to be younger than the project – so, like Effie, to be born after the year 2000.”
I asked Effie what The Tempest was about for her.
She explained that “The Tempest as a show is one about mystery and about family, both loving and dysfunctional, and really about community as a whole – which is what the York Shakespeare Project has also always been about.”
The director, Philip, has a long relationship with community theatre, both in the UK and in continental Europe, which was why he was the ideal choice to direct this “last play”.
The production will be going on tour across North and East Yorkshire prior to a final performance at York Theatre Royal on Saturday 1st October.
Friday 23rd September – Thorganby Village Hall – Tickets on sale now
Saturday 24th September (matinee) – Strensall and Towthorpe Village Hall – Tickets on sale now
Saturday 24th September (evening) – Strensall and Towthorpe Village Hall – Tickets on sale now
Tuesday 27th September – Helmsley Arts Centre – Tickets on sale now
Wednesday 28th September – Selby Town Hall – Tickets on sale now
Thursday 29th September – The Junction, Goole – Tickets on sale now
Friday 30th September – Acomb Parish Church Hall – Tickets on sale now
Saturday 1st October – York Theatre Royal – Tickets on sale now
Cast and crew
David Denbigh, Sonia Di Lorenzo, Henry Fairnington, Jodie Fletcher, Nell Frampton, Paul French, Tony Froud, Emily Hansen, David Harrison, Bronte Hobson, Judith Ireland, Andrew Isherwood, Helen Jarvis, Nick Jones, Stuart Lindsay, Aran Macrae, Michael Maybridge, Sally Maybridge, Sally Mitcham, Andrea Mitchell, Fiona Mozley, Harold Mozley, Janice Newton, Megan Ollerhead, Tracy Rea, Eleanor Royse, Emma Scott, Phyl Smith, Sadie Sorensen, Julie Speedie, Lara Stafford, Harry Summers, Lisa Valentine, Sam Valentine, Effie Warboys, Jacob Ward
Director: Philip Parr Associate Director: Terry Ram
Stage Managers: Janice Newton, David Harrison
Musical Director: Nick Jones