A day out at the quarry

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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