Gulf Daily News: "S4K's Tempest set to storm Bahrain


THEATRE enthusiasts are preparing to be blown away by the Bard when Shakespeare 4 Kidz (S4K) returns to Bahrain with its fantastic musical adaptation of The Tempest – Shakespeare’s final play.

The show is promoted in Bahrain by Entertainment Plus and will take place at the Culture Hall, next to Bahrain National Museum, from Saturday until Monday. The Saturday show starts at 5pm. Sunday and Monday will feature two matinee shows at 8.45am and 11.15am on both days.

S4K Theatre Company is on its way to Bahrain to launch the international section of its 2013 tour. S4K is an awardwinning British theatre company, which specialises in exciting, fun-filled adaptations of classic Shakespeare stories.

Already in the UK, the show is garnering rave reviews from critics, teachers, parents and schoolchildren.

S4K’s The Tempest blends easy to understand modern dialogue with Shakespeare’s original verse and the music and songs of Julian Chenery and Matt Gimblett. They are designed to be entertaining as well as educational, meaning children as young as seven can enjoy them.

While being a unique family show, S4K’s The Tempest is also an ideal preparation for students studying Shakespeare at any level. Everyone in
the audience will have a complete grasp of the plot, themes, characters and relationships within the play, allowing further study from a solid knowledge base.

The Tempest is thought by many scholars to be the last play written entirely by Shakespeare. It tells the story of Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, exiled to an island after being deposed as Duke of Milan by his evil brother Antonio and the revenge he exacts. Prospero is also a sorcerer and has spent his time on the island perfecting his magical arts. Eventually it is payback time and he gets the chance to wreak revenge on his brother.

He conjures up a powerful tempest, which shipwrecks his enemies and lands them on the shores of the island, but it is a magical place and love is in the air. The songs range from pop to comic and musical theatre, with plenty of hidden references by the writers to shows currently
in London’s West End and on Broadway.

The cast features plenty of S4K favourites returning once again to Bahrain, like Ben Goodridge (who played Lord Capulet in 2012’s tour of S4K’s Romeo and Juliet) is Prospero; Noel Andrew Harron (who played Mercutio in R&J and Puck in S4K’s 2010 tour of A Midsummer Night’s
Dream) is a ‘Gollumesque’ Caliban; Gary Roe’s Trinculo is comic joy and Claire Coultry giving a stand-out performance is Ariel.

The S4K Theatre Company has introduced an ‘iProgramme’ – a free downloadable app of the show for iPhones, iPods, smartphones and tablets.
It can be downloaded at “It’s a new, fun way to read about the show and S4K – and most importantly for our young audiences, it’s free,” said producer and director Julian Chenery. “This really is ‘such stuff as dreams are made on’.”

Tickets cost BD16 for adults and BD14 for children and are being sold at Al Osra supermarket in Saar and Havajava café inside Manazel. There are also special limited period school offers for the matinee shows on January 27 and January 28. Call 39616858 or 39607489 for more nformation

What they say about us:

"Every year I bring children along to your spectacular shows. As a child I always loved Shakespeare's plays and always hope I pass that on to the children in my school. I wanted to say "Congraulations!" on a superb performance on 31st October - the best ever in my opinion."