The puppetry and music add much and blend seamlessly with the plot - not once did they appear gratuitous or overbearing, although in the first few minutes I did wonder if I had come to see The Lion King meets William Shakespeare.
I agree with Treesparrow, Caliban was portrayed humanely at the expense of his traditional monstrosity. Prospero simply seems to be berating a venerable farmhand, rather than the attempted rapist of his daughter. Finally Caliban is left alone on his own island.
This production wears its heart firmly on its sleeve, it is undeniably impressive to see an African company celebrating the continent’s own traditions by appropriating Shakespeare in the playwright’s own birthplace.
The memorial theatre is currently undergoing redevelopment and as such is surrounded by the mandatory health and safety paraphernalia. I particularly like this one with a still from The Taming of the Shrew - passion comes to the streets of Stratford!
A general view of the extensive remodelling of the memorial theatre.