The Tempest Reimagined is a co-production between the British Council and PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association). It is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest set on a Philippine island hit by super typhoon Haiyan, and incorporates stories of the storm’s survivors. It features award-winning artists from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), Hong Kong, and Japan. The play is directed by Nona Shepphard, while the script is co-written by Shepphard and Liza Magtoto. Costume and stage design is by Marsha Roddy.

Other partners include the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and Japan Foundation.

From left to right: scriptwriter Liza Magtoto, director Nona Shepphard, designer Marsha Roddy and stage lighting designer Tsuguo Izumi.

About Nona Shepphard

As well as being a freelance writer and director, Nona Shepphard is  Associate Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Creative Director of RADA In Business, and International Consultant at the Lir Academy in Dublin. She graduated in Classics from King’s College London, and began her theatrical career  as an actor at the Liverpool Playhouse,  as a director at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, and wrote her first play for the Chester Gateway Theatre.  Since then, she has worked freelance as a writer and director for many companies  both in the UK and abroad, with over a hundred and fifty productions and forty commissioned plays to her credit.  Her plays for young people, which have received several awards, have been seen in USA, Canada, Europe and Russia. Her most recent plays are the adaptation, book and lyrics for for a musical piece based on Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin which transferred from The Finborough Theatre to the Park Theatre London in 2015 and Draupadi, Princess of Fire for The Sujata Banerjee Dance Company last spring. Future projects include The Tempest Reimagined at the PETA Theatre in Manila, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in San Antonio, Texas.

About Liza Magtoto

A senior member of PETA, Liza Magtoto is a freelance scriptwriter for stage, television, radio and film. She is a multi-awarded writer known for her hit comedy musical Care Divas and Rak of Aegis! Her other plays include Despedida de Soltera, Agnoia, Nay Isa, Paigan,  and a translativvtton of Apples from the Dessert by Sayvon Liebrecht.

About Marsha Roddy

Marsha Roddy’s career has spanned over 30 years as an Artist and Designer from the United Kingdom. Her work explores three-dimensional space, movement, texture and above all how we, as humans, connect and express ourselves. 

Her work has taken her from the UK to Amsterdam, USA, China, Japan and Hong Kong. She has been the production designer on a number of feature as well as independent films including: the award winning, ‘Anchoress’ and ‘73 Virgins’. 

In the UK Marsha worked on numerous theatre productions for many august theatres including: ‘Waiting for Godot,’ at The Crucible Theatre, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘East is East’ and ‘Bali the Sacrifice’ at the Leicester Haymarket, ‘Amen Corner’, at the Lyric theatre in London’s West End, and ‘Cafe Vesuvio’ at the Manchester Royal Exchange. 

Over the past five years Marsha has had the pleasure of designing costumes and haute couture style dresses in Hong Kong, China and Japan for large events, with clients such as Mont Blanc, Cartier, Perrier Jouet, Louis Vuitton, Faberge, Van Cleef and Arpels.

About Tsuguo Izumi

Tsuguo Izumi is a Japanese stage lighting designer mainly focusing on stage plays. He has also started incorporating media server driven projection as part of lighting design at an early stage and can be seen as a pioneer in this field.

In recent years he incorporated projection technologies into his lighting design and managed to create designs beyond traditional lighting or projection design.

As a result he gained diverse working opportunities such as working three times with british scenic artist Matt Kinley incorporating and programming projection into his scenic art, projection mapping on building facades incorporating existing LED Walls.

Since 2011 he is member of studioTED, a holographic projection team, and as such he is exploring the fusion of modern ways of projection and lighting design. He is also designing lighting for small spaces using various projection and not a single lighting device. In 2014 he has done lighting design for the holographic theater „One Piece Theater“ in Odaiba New World, a Fuji TV Network summer attraction park. In 2015 he has planned and implemented lighting into the „DMM VR Theater“ the world’s first holographic theater, and contributed and is responsible for lighting plans for performances.

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