A day out at the quarry
After a sell-out summer season, Ozact will present The Tempest at Grampians National Park’s Heatherlie Quarry.
Ozact artistic director and founder Bruce Widdop said the cast and crew were excited about bringing Shakespeare’s timeless tale of magic and intrigue, revenge and romance, comedy and song alive in such a spectacular setting.
“As Prospero raises his staff and summons the spirits of the sky, a mighty tempest forms,” he said.
“The quarreling survivors of a terrible shipwreck washed up on a lonely shore are confronted by the embittered enchanter, his beautiful daughter, and their strange associates.
“This strange encounter heralds a journey of dramatic adventure, swirling passions, confrontations and reconciliations.”
Ozact will perform The Tempest on March 30 and 31 and April 1, 7 and 8 at 3pm.
Widdop said Ozact was born upon a dream of combining the Australian love of the outdoors and the country’s sublime natural and heritage landscapes, with the timeless stories and fine poetry of the world’s greatest playwright. “OZACT began in 1995 with an iconic production of The Tempest at Loch Ard Gorge on Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast and this tradition of producing Shakespeare in spectacular locations has continued for the past 21 years,” he said.
“The Grampians has been our autumn home since our first year, and we are excited to bring The Tempest back as our production for this season’s tour of Shakespeare in the Grampians.
Widdop said the architectural and natural elements of the Heatherlie Quarry setting, nestled beneath the rugged twin peaks of Mt Difficult, provide a perfect setting for Shakespeare’s greatest works.
Tickets cost $35 for adults, $30 concession and $20 for children. Children under six are admitted free and organisers recommend people dress appropriately for the weather and bring a cushion, water, sunscreen and mosquito repellant.
Tickets are available online at www.ozact. com. People can call 0419 330 616 for more information.