The Tempest

Three Inch Fool production; Summer Tour 2015

The Three Inch Fools were founded in 2015 by me and my brother James, committed to touring outdoor Shakespeare to castles, stately homes and gardens in the UK. For our first summer tour, we took a production The Tempest on a 2-week tour of Scotland and the North of England (see a full list of venues below), a project on which I was Producer and Composer – as well as one of the motley troupe of actors!

The Fools aim to bring a fresh and vibrant approach to Britain’s greatest playwright. With a rustic blend of wit, originality and eccentricity, combined with live music-making, we provide a dynamic take on Shakespeare sure to make for a thoroughly entertaining Summer’s evening.

To visit the official Three Inch Fools website, click here. Scroll down to listen to excerpts of the music from the show.

The Music:

The music for The Tempest was composed in a rustic folk idiom, drawing particular inspiration from the new folk movement of the 1960s and the mystical ritualism of Paul Giovanni’s soundtrack for the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man. All of the music was performed live by the actors on their instruments which included guitar, flute, cymbals, ukulele and cajon. Listen to Come Unto These Yellow Sands and Song to Sycorax below, performed by our very own Ariel (Natalie Spence):

The Fools:
James Hyde // Artistic Director and Tour Manager
Stephen Hyde // Producer and Composer / Trinculo
Emma Hewitt // Miranda
Sarah Kate Howarth // Gonzalo
Josh Maddison // Ferdinand
Aidan McGleenan // Alonso
Richard Leeming // Stephano
Joe Skelton // Prospero
Wilson Smith // Caliban
Natalie Spence // Ariel

Summer Tour 2015:
Skirsgill Park House, Cumbria / 7th August
Chipchase Castle, Northumberland / 8th August
Balgonie Castle, Fyfe, Scotland / 9th August
Glamis Castle, Angus, Soctland / 10th-11th August
Abbotsford, Melrose, Scotland / 13th August
Durham Market Hall, Durham / 14th-15th August
Aldborough Manor, Aldborough, Yorkshire / 18th August
Rydal Mount, Lake District / 19th-20th August

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