Peek behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s Tempest

The Tempest Orion Project public panel is from 1 to 3 p.m. March 24 at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre

When the lights dim and the curtain opens, theatre audiences are able to see the final result of performers, directors, designers and technicians working tirelessly for weeks and months. But what happens if you pull back the curtain early, while the play is still being crafted?

The University of Victoria’s Department of Theatre invites the public behind the scenes to experience not only the product, but the process of theatre-making on March 24 as part of The Tempest Orion Project at a public panel with internationally renowned acting, applied theatre, designing, directing and theatre history experts.

The panel concludes a week of workshops with UVic theatre students exploring unique ways to approach Shakespeare’s The Tempest so that the play resonates with today’s audiences.

The public is welcome to join the visiting artists for the free public panel, where they will share the week’s explorations and discoveries, compare and contrast their experiences, and answer questions. The Tempest Orion Project public panel is from 1 to 3 p.m. March 24 at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre.