Temper Temper has evolved into The Shitstorm, a new play by Simon Doyle, directed by Maeve Stone for production at Dublin Fringe 2017.
It has gone through several stages of development as Temper Temper and The Island Act with support from the Arts Council. Collaborators at various stages include; Tom Lane, Annabelle Rickerby, SISSY, Saileog O’Halloran and Pan Pan Theatre.
Temper Temper feminist interpretation of “The Tempest” focused on Shakespeare’s Miranda currently in development stages. Collaborating for with Dublin band Sissy, composer Tom Lane and dancer Liv O’Donoghue, we hope to filter Miranda’s experience through a modern female lens, releasing her from classical interpretation.
The workshops draw on a variety of sources: extracts from the text itself, feminist punk texts such as the Riot Grrrl Manifesto (a movement which began in the 90s and champions women’s place in art and society) and an imagined reality of Miranda before and after “The Tempest”. We will also consider the position of women in Shakespeare’s canon and investigate the pattern of madness and death that exists in his texts, connecting this to a modern phenomena in art & culture that posits “the prettiest girl is a dead girl”. The aesthetic representation of this is exemplified by Izima Kaoru’s photographic series “Landscape with a Corpse” and will contribute to this aspect of our visual experimentation.
The idea originates from a frustration with the voice offered to the sole female character in one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated plays. We want to remove Miranda from her context, imagining her as an independent individual who is now free from the manipulative influence of her father and his magic. The text offers many examples of patriarchal control; Prospero’s sovereignty over all on the island, Caliban’s attempted rape of Miranda & her father’s references to her ‘virtue’ & ‘innocence’ as bargaining chips for her as a teenage bride.
Development is ongoing so watch this space!
Funded by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon