Tempest Tossed

A retelling of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

The Ragged Islands, known today as Lockeport, were first settled in the late 1700's by the families of Josiah Churchill and John Locke.  We have taken the story of Josiah Churchill's discovery of Ragged Island and rewritten it... with plenty of artistic license...according to the plot of Shakespeare's play , The Tempest.  We have jiggled characters and events to create a play which tells the story of our history using the conventions of the Bard.  We have poetry, we have song, we have romance and adventure and danger!  It took us five months to write the play, with the help of author Darcy Ryhno.  We also have created artistic props to help us visualize the story with the help of ceramic artist, Alison Stanton.  We made a 3D model of Lockeport complete with ocean, beaches, trees and hills.  And we made polymer clay figures of each of the characters in the play.  This project has been made possible through the generous support of the

  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Arts Smarts Program

                                       Part of our ArtsSmart project was making a model of Lockeport. We started with styrofoam cut to look like the island of Lockeport.  We painted it, and made beaches out of real sand.  We made waves out of cellophane and cotton balls.  We made trees and bushes and wigwams and canoes.  Our model rocks!  We also made models of each of the characters in our play, then we put them on the island to help us see the scenes as we were writing them



Character Descriptions and Pictures or our Models

Click on the names to learn more about the characters in our play!

Josiah Churchill                                         Enos                                      John Locke

Miranda                                                      Sailors                                  Ferdinand

Caliban                                                       Samuel                                   Captain

Ariel and Sprites                                    James                                      Natives    

Narrators                                                     Shakespeare   



History of Lockeport compared to plot of "The Tempest"

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