Mate Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A for Creation Theatre's The Tempest in Oxford, July 2019

Q&A video: Why Creation’s The Tempest is worth travelling for & immersing yourself in

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After chairing events for London transfers of Creation Theatre’s The Pit and The Pendulum and Dracula, I was chuffed to be invited to see them on their ‘home turf’ in Oxford and host a post-show Q&A for their new gaming take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

I’ve seen a few productions of The Tempest – including earlier this year, Lazarus Theatre’s Brechtian gender-swapped approach at Greenwich Theatre – but I’ve never seen it done this way! And I’m willing to bet you haven’t either.

After boarding “Creation Cruises” at The King’s Centre, Oxford, the audience becomes shipwrecked along with the characters, experiencing the charms of Oxford’s Osney Island while traipsing through the woods, along the river and behind the scenes of local businesses turned into magical playgrounds. (How many Tempests involve a zombie chase in a butcher’s shop?!)

On the night I attended, the fun continued after the performance with my extensive, and ever-expanding, Q&A with Creation’s executive director Lucy Askew and cast members Al Barclay, PK Taylor, Ryan Duncan, Madeleine MacMahon, Itxaso Moreno, Chris Robinson, Simon Spencer-Hyde, Annabelle Terry and Giles Stoakley, plus game interns William Van Walwyk and Michael Deacon.

What do we mean by so many different terms: game versus immersive, site-specific, site-responsive and experiential theatre? Where did it all start? What special challenges are there for performers, companies and theatregoers? How do the cast deal with real-world interventions – dogs, cyclists, weather? And just how brilliant are adapter/director Zoe Seaton, designer Ryan Dawson Laight, as well as the behind-the-scenes team and participating businesses that make it possible?

Watch – and please share – the full #CreationTempest post-show Q&A below. If you’re in, near or can get to Oxford, I highly recommend you experience this one for yourself… if you can lay your hands on a ticket!

The Tempest continues until 15 August 2019, beginning and ending at The King’s Centre in Oxford.

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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