The British Council, in partnership with Owlspot Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company, is planning to stage a collaborative production “The Tempest -Swimming for Beginners” with deaf and disabled artists from Japan, the UK, and Bangladesh. 

Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company (UK), who co-directed the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony, has been invited to the role of the Artistic Director. The production, based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, will draw on the languages, cultures, and disabilities of the performers from the three countries. 

The original plan was for the play to be staged in May 2020, but due to the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak, the opening date has been postponed. Our online workshops with the director and actors are currently continuing online. To coincide with the Unlimited Festival in the UK, a major platform for showcasing the works of disabled artists, we have created a film featuring the voices of the artists participating in the production.

They express their thoughts on what a Tempest signifies, how they are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and their thoughts on the performance. 

Audio described version of the film is available from here.

Sachika Segawa, Rio Sekiba, Hidetada Tashiro, Kazumi Hiratsuka, Kotaro Yanagi, Hiroe Ohashi, Yasushi Oka from Japan
Philippa Cole, Jack Hunter and Hermi Berhane from UK
Morshed Mia, Md Saddam Bepary from Bangladesh

The Tempest -Swimming for Beginners
Organised by: British Council, Owlspot Theatre (Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation), Toshima City
In Association with: Graeae Theatre Company, Dhaka Theatre
Supported by: Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

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