An ordinary shop at the southern end of De Beauvoir Ward is currently experiencing its very own Shakespearean tragedy as the venue for a six month reworking of the Tempest.
O Brave New World resides at 297 Hoxton Street and the former shop now operates as a bar, library, gallery and theatre.
Its first run of performances are based on Shakespeare's The Tempest in celebration of the famous story's 400th anniversary. Over a six-month programme the production will focus on six distinctive perspectives and parts of the story, each told in a changing and immersive environment. Between visits you can keep up with characters at home with action-packed videos and online content.
The experience is the brainchild of RETZ, a theatre company who tells stories to their audiences using a number of challenging techniques using performances, film, installations and the web in order to immerse them in the narrative and encourage questioning and a deeper exploration of the story. This creation has been made possible by Hackney Council’s Art in Empty spaces project.