'This island's mine'

Kelly Hunter has edited Shakespeare's play The Tempest for an audience of children and young people with autism.

The play is set on an island where two creatures, Caliban and Ariel, have always lived. Together they embody the four elements of nature; the spirit Ariel is made of fire and air whilst the earth-bound monster Caliban is created of earth and water.

Prospero, a banished duke with the powers of a wizard, has proclaimed himself master of the island. He has made Caliban his slave and Ariel his servant, promising her liberty once she has completed his work. Ariel creates a magical tempest out at sea for Prospero, destroying a ship and shipwrecking a young prince and two clowns (a jester and a butler.)

The young prince, Ferdinand, falls in love with Prospero's daughter Miranda, but he tells them they can't be together. Meanwhile the two clowns meet Caliban who believes they have dropped from heaven. Together the monster and the clowns plot to murder Prospero. The lovers dream of being together. Ariel waits for her freedom.

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

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