There is a near perfect storm of design, music, costumes, performance and direction in the Bard on the Beach production of The Tempest that captures a singularly gorgeous vision of Shakespeare’s final play about love and forgiveness.
The first thing you will notice upon entering the iconic red and white tent at Vanier Park is Pam Johnson’s gorgeous windswept set design, with its beautiful ovals framing the equally iconic vista out to English Bay. It would be difficult to imagine a more suitable backdrop, providing an illusion of constant movement in this show of magic, where the sea takes center stage. All in white, lighting designer Gerald King uses Johnston’s set as a backdrop for some equally gorgeous effects: from the storm of desperation as the men and women aboard the ship are cast onto Prospero’s island, the blinding white of Ariel’s final speech and the menace of Prospero’s anger.
Photo: Luisa Jojic, Naomi Wright and Todd Thomson in the Bard on the Beach production of The Tempest. Photo by David Blue.