Prospero (respected magician), Miranda (daughter), Stephano and Trincilo (courtiers) and a handful of diplomats, all from Milan, are caught in a storm (tempest) and washed up on an enchanted island. They are all separated and as they try to find each other they come across faries, spirits and strange beasts enticing them into circles of confusion (how Shakespearean!) Miranda finds love, the politicians get self-righteous, the courtiers get drunk with the local monster from the deep and Propero gets increasingly frustrated with his life-position.
This play is a magical and enchanting concoction of strong characters and wonderfully creative situations, all mixed up in a contained environment. You don't need to see The Tempest on the stage to sample the escapisim Shakespeare's magical island provides.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve Slack