2022 - The Tempest



        The Tempest was previously presented in 1988

Dates & Location

Royden Park, Frankby, Wirral


Tickets on sale from the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton via Ticketswirral.com

Day Stands A & C Stands A & C Stand B
Monday, Tuesday      
Wednesday, Thursday      
Friday, Saturday Evening      
Saturday Matinee      


Each ticket was subject to a £1.50 booking fee by Floral Pavilion.

Book a Parent and child ticket
Available on Monday and Tuesday

Discounts for Group bookings
Available for all performances

VIP Package available in Stand B - for just an additional £ per ticket
Cava and Canapes, meet the Directors, complimentary programmes, the best seats in the house.


The production team



                                 Martin Riley


Assistant Directors Ruth Stenhouse, Stuart Rathe
Artistic Consultant Caroline Watkinson
Directors Special assistant Max Riley-Glenn
Music composition Peter Elliott
Choreography Bethany Culshaw
Set Design Nigel Cooper
Chief Electrician Simon Ollman
Lighting design and operation Nigel Cooper
Sound design and operation Peter Elliott
Assisted by Sea Rainey, Jon Lawson
Costume Design Jackie James
Costume production Jackie James,Nessa Garland, Michelle McMullan, Geraldine Williams, Ticki Clark
Wardrobe staff Jan Smith, Frankie Wood
Head of Hair and Makeup Caroline Watkinson
Hairdresser Chris Cain
Makeup Katie Richardson
Stage Manager Gareth Cooper
Deputy Stage manager Ben Howarth
Assistant Stage manager Katie Jones
Properties Nessa Garland, Ian Tyrer, Michelle McMullan
Lighting Crew Daniel Ellis, Steve Felsbergs, Micah Ollman, Michelle McMullan
Set Construction Nigel Cooper, James Kay, Vince Perry, Richard Smith,Gareth Cooper,Ben Howarth, Ian Tyrer, Steve Drewe, Mike Neal, Keith Hill and John Warburton
Box Office Manager Caroline Kay, Assistant Ruth Stenhouse
Audition Panel Martin Riley, Nigel Cooper, Ruth Stenhouse, Vicki Adlard
Press, Publicity and Promotion
Publicity and Promotion Ruth Stenhouse, Caroline Watkinson
Assisted by Stuart Rathe, Adrian Davies, Caroline Kay, James Kay, Ina Schmidt and members of the company
Graphics and Programme design Rebecca Jackson
Acknowledgements Astra Marquees - Hillbark House for their continued support - the Appleby family - Greenhouse Farm for storage and building space - The Floral Pavilion for handling ticket sales - The Little Theatre, Birkenhead ( in particular Liz Youster ) for the loan of costumes - Lingham's Booksellers, Heswall - Gordale Garden and Home Centre - West Kirby Farmer's Market for allowing us to stage 'Open Rehearsals' - West Kirby Sailing Club and Caldy Open Gardens for allowing us to hold promotional events - Liverpool Welsh Choral for inviting us to perform with them - Andres, West Kirby - GRC Accountants for all their help - Chris Cain Hair - Trevor and Mandy Barker.


Caroline Watkinson, Katie Richardson and Iryna Kostruba - the Hair and makeup team

                                The set as seen from the back of Stand B




Press / Reviews / Poster




AMATEUR THEATRE REVIEW: The Tempest - David Swift on - 23.6.22
This was my first ever visit to Royden Park and also the first production I've seen presented by Hillbark Players, who are a very long-established and well-respected amateur theatre company. The performance space is just a short walk through the woods from the large car park (which is free of charge after 6:30pm). Rows of raked and numbered seats had been placed around three sides of the performance space, so you are quite close to the action wherever you sit. The seating is also covered, so you won't get wet should the weather turn inclement as it briefly did when I watched.
Thank you to the volunteers for their welcome and help. There is a temporary bar area plus an outlet to purchase non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. The seating is quite comfortable but you might want to take a cushion as the play is fairly long and a blanket to keep yourself warm as the sun goes down.
The set design was very effective – a raised central platform, another platform at the side where there were no seats and a large mock tree which doubled as a cave at its bottom and a vantage point at its apex. One of the most striking aspects of the show was the fabulous costumes which really helped to enhance the plot, establish who the characters were and their status. The sound and lighting effects were put together well, but my friend and I did struggle to hear some of the dialogue when accompanied by music, which, whilst very fitting for the action, was a little loud. The props used were also good and appropriate to what unfolded.
In case any of the readers are unfamiliar with the play, I will not say too much about the plot in order not to spoil it, other than to set the context and describe part of the opening scene. The rightful Duke of Milan, Prospero (Carl Howard), has been banished twelve years earlier by Antonio (Jason Gallantry) to an island along with his daughter Miranda (Sarah Randle). Miranda was played well, if a little understated for my liking. Accompanying them is the spirit Ariel (Millie Bryant) who is, or can be, invisible to all who visit the island. Prospero weaves his magic and causes a ship containing his enemies to run aground. We see the mariners struggling to pull the wrecked ship to safety and are introduced to Gonzalo (Vince Perry), who put in a sterling effort throughout.
Following that, we witness a lengthy and emotional scene involving Prospero and Miranda; she was a girl when arriving on the island but is now in her late teens or early 20s. Whilst this was generally well played out, there were two issues which I feel I must mention. First, I would have liked closer chemistry between father and daughter as it is implied that Miranda's mother is dead. Secondly, there was a rather unfortunate point where Prospero forgot his lines and had to briefly go off stage. To his credit, he recovered quickly and delivered a performance worthy of this meaty role thereafter. One of the shipwrecked party is handsome Ferdinand (nicely played by Conor Medlock) whom Prospero captures. Perhaps unsurprisingly, virginal maiden Miranda and Ferdinand are immediately smitten with each other.
I enjoyed almost all aspects of this production and it was definitely well received by the audience. I had forgotten that there is quite a bit of music in this play and this added a lot to the atmosphere, especially when the spirits and nymphs came on stage. The ensemble handled their roles with vigour as did Ariel, who made full use of the whole stage and the platforms, bounding and leaping around in a skin-tight turquoise leotard!
The only other minor issue was that some of the cast needed to strengthen their projection as my friend and I couldn't catch all of the words when actors were facing away from us. Charles Riley was superb as the scary and somewhat crazed Caliban, and I particularly want to congratulate the following on their delivery and characterisation: Sebastienne (Bethany Culshaw), Trinculo (Pauline Garland), Stephano (Simon Garland) and Alonso (Mark Prescott). There is a temptation to rush through a five act play such as this but the pace was nicely managed. In conclusion, I can certainly recommend the show it which runs nightly until Saturday June the 25th, starting at 7:30pm.




The Committee  
Hon. Life President Mike Ellis
Chairman Nigel Cooper
Vice Chair Ruth Stenhouse
Secretary Caroline Kay
Treasurer Gareth Cooper
Business Manager Ben Howarth
Committee members