The Tempest

adapted by Mark Duncan

The Tempest Poster

“Join Prospero as the storm created by his sprites brings his usurper brother and cronies to this mystical island. Watch as Prospero magically twists and turns all the characters dream like to bring them safely to a happy brave new world.“

Recommended for:

Shakespeare week, Drama, Literature, Fairytale, Teamwork challenge


Year 4 to Secondary

Amount of pupils:

140 in one day (more on request) max 35 per class

Shakespeare for Schools The Tempest Photo

How The Tempest Make a Play day  works


Our Tempest day begins with an assembly to introduce the pupils and teachers to the play and the characters they will be playing.


One class works with the splats teacher at a time to learn their scene. The play is divided into 4 scenes so 4 classes can take part or 2 classes can learn 2 scenes each.

Props and sets

The other groups make props and set for the show and then come and work on their scene. We supply a full teaching pack to help guide this.


At the end of the day all the classes come together to perform the show. The splats teacher acts as narrator which helps to guide the play along.


The pupils can act as their own audience as three of the scenes will be new to them but also please invite parents and other classes to watch as it is a great community event.

Bookings and Prices:

For availability and prices please drop us an email or give Mike a ring on 07944 283659


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A recent review from our make a play day

Hello Mike,
We had a fabulous day, and Arabella was highly skilled and inspirational. She managed to include an autistic child in the production (he even spoke a few lines, which was a big surprise to the staff who know him). Also, a child who began the day in tears because he was nervous joined in happily as one of the ‘mechanicals’ . The show was well attended by parents and the rest of KS2: there was much laughter and applause. All in all then, we declare Arabella the new Queen of the Fairies!
Thanks so much and we’ll be in touch again.

Best wishes,

Dear Mike,
Just a quick email to say how fantastic the Midsummer Night’s Dream ‘Make a Play Day’ was last week when Paul came in to work in our school as part of Y5/6 work on Shakespeare. The workshops inspired both the staff and children and the performance at the end was entertaining and really good fun. We saw a completely different side to some of our children whom we had never known were such ‘budding actors’. Some of our quieter children suddenly had confidence they had not appeared to have before.
The staff said the workshops were well organised and were so pleased with how the children engaged. Paul understood how to work with the children in a pacey, exciting but controlled way.
We will definitely be booking another ‘Play in a Day’ in the near future as it was such good value for money.
Thanks again for a wonderful day,

Ightenhill Primary School, Burnley

Also Available

The Tempest Show

‘A great introduction to the inventiveness of Shakespeare.’ With mime, circus, music and of course lots of Splats fun participation. Join the Wizard Prospero and his daughter Miranda on a deserted island as he weaves a magical maze with fairy Ariel and Man monster Caliban to catch his brother and get his kingdom back.’

We are proud to present our Shakespeare in a Suitcase Productions, bringing live theatre to your school. They are a simple fun introduction to Shakespeare’s mayhem.
One hour long shows with a cast of three (needs to be seen to be believed) followed by workshops for a half  a day OR your students can create their own version with our company or visiting director to perform at the end of the day to family and friends.

Mixing modern language and original text it makes the story fun and crystal clear. The best way to experience the Bard which, lets face it, was designed to be enjoyed as a live show.

“Allow us to bring the laughs to you.”

Watch Our Tempest Show Video

Watch video on youtube

Also Available Shakespeare Double Bill


Our shows are also available as a double bill performance with either Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and Macbeth. Comedy and Tragedy in a day.

Choose any combinations of two shows.

Also available with workshops after the shows.

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