By William Shakespeare

25 October – 5 November 2016
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

“O brave new world…”

Desperate people in tempest-tossed ships brave the seas, and today over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes.

Blue Cow Theatre invites you to experience the fate of Shakespeare’s own island refugees… a stateless father and daughter, a king who grieves a drowned son, a brother who strives to kill his brother, a drunk who crowns himself a king… all castaways, hanging on…

Shakespeare last and most reflective comedy sets compassion and mercy in a struggle with ambition and vengeance. It culminates in one of the most profound and astonishing moments in all world theatre – the moment when empathy triumphs!

Staged to complement the superb Tempest Exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the show will be presented in TMAG’s iconic Central Gallery, reimagined as Prospero’s Library. Robert Jarman’s production, with William Dowd’s designs, draws inspiration directly from the Exhibition.

Help us help others

What’s the single, indispensable item a defenseless body needs after a storm, disaster or fight? A blanket.

All audience members are invited to donate a (clean) blanket or two. Bring them along to the performance. The actors will use them in the show, and they will be donated to charitable organisations at the end of the run. 


Produced by Blue Cow Theatre
Directed by Robert Jarman
Designed by William Dowd

Starring Guy Hooper as Prospero
with Claire Dawson, Ivano Del Pio, Scott Farrow, Anna Kidd, Robert Maxwell and Ellen Roe.


Tuesday 25 October, 7pm
Wednesday 26 October, 7pm
Thursday 27 October, 7pm
Friday 28 October, 7pm
Saturday 29 October, 7pm
Tuesday 1 November, 7pm
Wednesday 2 November, 7pm
Thursday 3 November, 7pm
Friday 4 November, 7pm
Saturday 5 November, 7pm



2 hours 30 minutes (incl. interval)


Adult $50
Concession $35

Patrons' Advice

Suitable for ages 12+

Blue Cow Theatre is assisted by the Minister for the Arts through Arts Tasmania.