15 September – St Mary’s Art Centre, Sandwich Buy tickets here
16 September – St Mary of Charity, Faversham Buy tickets here
19 September – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury Buy tickets here
22 September – The Old Kent Market, Margate Buy tickets here
24 September – Central Bandstand, Herne Bay Find out more
30 September – St Mary Bredin, Canterbury Buy tickets here
This September Phoebus Fire are going on tour around the coastal towns of Kent and the great city of Canterbury raising money for the homeless through Catching Lives.
In this modern re-staging of the much-loved ‘The Tempest’, Naples and Milan become corporations rather than kingdoms, and Prospera is banished to the streets rather than a magical isle. She survives as an opportune herbalist and healer, using the feral Caliban and ex-junkie Ariel to help her bring up her daughter Miranda unscathed, in a secret corner of this desperate existence. Her business rival, Alonzo, is sailing with family and friends, including Prospera’s usurping sister Antonia. A terrible storm wrecks the yacht, depositing everyone, including the galley crew (Stephana the drunken sous-chef and Trinculo the pot-washer) onto Prospera’s streets. We see how Prospera takes advantage of an opportunity for Miranda and the chance of revenge on her enemies. The production retains the original Shakespearian language, in a reduced version that runs for approximately ninety minutes (plus interval). All profits will be donated to the ‘Catching Lives’ homelessness charity.
Catching Lives runs an open centre in Canterbury to cater for the homeless people of Kent’s day time needs of food, clothing, shelter, washing and laundry facilities, counseling, internet access and company. During the three coldest months of the year they also provide somewhere to sleep over night, using a series of seven churches. This Winter Night Project costs upwards of £50 000 a year and we are donating all of the profits from our tour to help with this project and the daily running of the day centre. Catching Lives staff will be accompanying us on tour and you’ll see their information stall where you can find out more about their work and how you can help. At all venues (apart from the Marlowe Studio) you will also be able to bring and donate essential supplies of dried and tinned food stuffs and toiletries if you wish.
Please help us make life a little kinder to those on our streets this coming winter. Pass the word around, share and “like” our Facebook events pages.