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“Half speak; half do not. All, however, embrace a heightened acting style, flamboyant physicality, and hurl themselves into the striking theatricality of Bushell-Mingo’s stagecraft and water-soaked imagery.” –

The Tempest is a maelstrom of creativity and insight, concluding The Citadel’s 2018-2019 season with a performance as innovative as it is memorable.” – Broadway World Edmonton

“Far from being a barrier, the ASL and the story-telling techniques (movement, gestures, faces) brought the tale closer, made its message more potent.” – Edmonton Journal

“This remarkable show changed my life. It is easily the largest show I’ve done, with a massive ship on stage, torrents of rain, and my first sword fight (all at once). It was also a profound learning experience, collaborating with brilliant Deaf/HOH colleagues, learning ASL, and watching the inspired leadership of Josette Bushell-Mingo. I would gladly do it all again, from the first fraught day at the Banff Centre, through a triumphant opening night in Edmonton, and beyond to lifelong friendships and more art.” — Derek

A truly unique retelling of Shakespeare’s most magical story, directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, former Artistic Director of Tyst Teater, Sweden’s National Deaf Theatre, from 2005-2018. The Tempest will feature Deaf and hearing actors onstage together.

In Shakespeare’s fantastic tale of loss and reconciliation, a deposed ruler uses his magic to seek vengeance on those who robbed him of his throne and marooned him on a remote island. But what shape will his revenge take?

The Citadel Theatre presents:

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare

April 20 – May 12, 2019
Shoctor Theatre, The Citadel, Edmonton

Featuring the participants of the 2018/19 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program:
Lorne Cardinal, Nadien Chu, Jarret Cody, Braydon Dowler-Coltman, Hayley Hudson, Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Derek Kwan, Sage Lovell, Elizabeth Morris, Troy O’Donnell, Barbara Poggemiller, Denise Read, Ray Strachan, Suchiththa Wickremesooriya, Hodan Youssouf

Director: Josette Bushell-Mingo
Assistant Directors: Tiphaine Girault-Bath, Valerie Planche
Stage Manager: Michelle Chan
Assistant Stage Manager: Sang-Sang Lee
Set & Costume Designer: Drew Facey
Sound Designer: Dave Clarke
Lighting Designer: Bonnie Beecher
Fight Director: Jonathan Hawley Purvis

This production was nominated for 2 awards at the 2018/2019 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards:

  • Outstanding Set Design
  • Outstanding Lighting Design
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