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The Tempest plays to sellout audiences and rave reviews


40 pupils from the first year through to our sixth form took to the stage last week to perform in our breathtaking production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Tempest makeupDirected by head of Drama Mrs Alison Moffatt and stage-managed by Mrs Sarah Johnson, the production retold the classic tale of Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, using illusion to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place – 400 years after the play was first written.

Alex Cosgriff, Abi Roskilly, Kim St Clair, Samuel Arrowsmith, Sachin Nanavati, Will Spence, Marcus Hodson, Jessica Cross-Wood, Shareef Sbaiti, Simon Hardy, Malachi Chinery and Oliver Greenwood all played the major parts brilliantly, with our younger pupils joining in as the spirits and the Arial ensemble to add a haunting edge.

Mini reviews

Tickets for the play sold out well in advance of the performances, and the audiences let us know how much they loved the production by tweeting us mini reviews and commenting on our Facebook page.

Tempest scene 2Helen tweeted:

What a performance! It was my first experience of Shakespeare by SGS but they did the Bard proud. Congratulations!

Linda also got in touch:

Fab Tempest last night! Ariel as a cast of thousands was inspired. Harpies scary! Shout out to Prospero, Caliban & Sebastian.

And the play evoked memories for Old Stop Ernie Whalley, who performed in The Tempest at Stockport Grammar over half a century ago:

(This) brings back memories! I starred in an earlier production – 1950 something – as Third Sailor. We were only needed for the first scene and the last so, in between, we’d play badminton in the gym… then we’d have to leg it back!

Tempest soundBehind the scenes, over 25 pupils and staff worked tirelessly as part of costume, props, makeup, lighting, front of house, filming, backstage, set and sound teams, who director Mrs Alison Moffatt would like to thank for making the production possible.

Cast

A full list of thanks and the names of all the cast and crew list are available in the programme, downloadable below.

Download The Tempest programme (pdf)