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The Tempest / Hag-Seed with Margaret Atwood

The Tempest / Hag-Seed with Margaret Atwood

Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks Street
Margaret Atwood - Photo by Jean Malek

What better way to commemorate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare than a dash of live theatre, a taste of the text re-imagined and a conversation between Susan Coyne and Margaret Atwood on re-writing the bard?

This event will feature a professional reading of an excerpt from William Shakespeare's The Tempest read by award-winning playwright and performer Keith Barker, and Walter Borden, a distinguished member of the Order of Canada The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy.

Meet Prospero and Caliban, the first is the usurped Duke of Milan who uses magic to maintain order on the small island of his exile, the second the original inhabitant forced into servitude. 

In her new book,  Hag-Seed, bestselling and multiple award-winning author Margaret Atwood retells The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s most stirring and unforgettable plays.

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

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