The Tempest: Performance & Symposium

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The Tempest: Performance & Symposium

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 19 May - 28 May 2021
Category Live Event

Sport for Jove presents
By William Shakespeare

Sport for Jove’s exceptional 100-minute production of The Tempest returns to the stage in 2021, adored by teachers and students over three seasons.

This tempest is not only in Prospero – the storm lies in the contradictions and ambiguities the story throws up about freedom and slavery, civilisation and barbarism, legacy and letting go, lust and chastity, youth and age, revenge and forgiveness. The sea is a place of transformation but also represents the capriciousness of nature, chaos or fate.

One of Shakespeare’s truly original and most personal plays, The Tempest is a symphonic vision of forgiveness, discovery and self- discovery – famous for its language, context, enchanting characters and breathtaking theatricality, this is a reflection of the world’s most famous playwright at the height of his powers and at the end of his remarkable career.

Please Note:
This production contains smoke haze, strobe lighting and loud noise.

For further information please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email 

Pricing for Student/Teacher is $28, with 1 free teacher per 10 students. This performance & symposium has a transaction fee of $4.60.

Please Note:

Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

Please review our Patron Safety Information before you visit us at Riverside.

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Photos by Seiya Taguchi

An essential opportunity to deepen your student’s practical understanding through experiencing and analyzing key scenes and characters in performance.

During this Symposium students will experience a lecture and scene work interspersed with expert commentary from Damien Ryan and his team – exploring famous scenes and speeches in multiple ways, opening up diverse critical readings, unlocking language and character, hearing actors discuss the plays’ famous ambiguities and challenges, and answering students’ questions.

A complete, hands-on experience that combines the unfiltered relationship students need with the plays’ action and narrative while also ensuring they are ‘watching with understanding’, in other words, extracting the key ingredients and critical thinking required to write on the plays under exam conditions. Don’t miss it!

Friday 21 May 2021 at 1pm
Monday 24 May 2021 at 1pm

(Please note the Symposiums will begin after the performances on these dates only, you will be required to book the Symposium as an add on for your school)

3 hours with a 15 minute interval.

Pricing for Student/Teacher is $28, with 1 free teacher per 10 students. This performance & symposium has a transaction fee of $4.60.

For further information please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email 


According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.


English – Stage 4, 5 & 6 HSC: also suitable for younger years in Drama; Language, Literature, Literacy; The Arts, Theatre and Cultural Studies. Download full Curriculum Links.

Digital Student Resource Kit – With every booking, includes detailed analysis of the play and a guide to this production, photos and design.


For further information please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email 

Please Note: This production contains smoke haze, strobe lighting and loud noise.

Pricing for Student/Teacher is $28, with 1 free teacher per 20 students. This performance has a transaction fee of $4.60.

Riverside’s Risk Assessment & Covid Safe Plan
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Take a look at our Patron Safety Information and Download our Covid Safe Plan 

Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside


Managing Artistic Director of Sport for Jove is multi-award winning director Damien Ryan, who is at the forefront of directing Shakespeare in Australia.

Directing credits: for SFJ No End of Blame, Cyrano de Bergerac, Antony and Cleopatra, Antigone, Away, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Libertine; for Bell Shakespeare, co-directing Henry 4 with John Bell, Romeo and Juliet, and the Actors at Work program. He founded the Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park and The Leura Shakespeare Festival.
He has acted and directed many plays across Australia. He has worked heavily in the Australian education sector, and bringing Shakespeare and theatre to young audiences is his life’s ambition.

Awards: Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actor in Independent Production for Iago in Othello; Best Director and Best Production for Antigone; Best Independent Production for All’s Well That Ends Well; Best Director and Best Mainstage Production Henry V; Best Director and Best Production for Cyrano de Bergerac; Best Production for The Libertine; and nominations for Best Director for The Libertine, Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew.


Cat brings with her over 10 years experience in theatre nationally and internationally. Cat has worked at leading theatre companies in Australia and overseas, with some of Broadways biggest literary agents and founded Catnip Productions in 2012.

Catnip Productions is dedicated to empowering Australia’s next generation of Producers and has been published in Arts Hub.

Some of Cat’s most notable producing credits include: The Nether (Catnip Productions), 4000 Miles (Catnip Productions, MopHead and Critical Stages National Tour), AM I (Shaun Parker & Co, European Tour and Malaysian Tour), Blue Love (Shaun Parker & Co, Germany), A Riff on Keef (Ocelot Productions & Griffin Independent), Animal / People (Rock Surfers Theatre Co), Platonov (MopHead & Catnip Productions), The Way Things Work (Rock Surfers Theatre Co), The Removalists (Rock Surfers Theatre Co & Critical Stages, Australian tour), FUNPARK (Sydney Festival ‘14), Starlight Stories (Starlight Foundation & Earth Key), 4000 Miles (MopHead & Catnip Productions at ATYP and La Boite Theatre Company), Songs For the Fallen (Michael Sieders & Critical Stages) and Punk Rock (pantsguys Productions).

Cat graduated from Actors Centre Australia in 2010 where she received the Juli Batten scholarship. In 2013, Cat was invited to work at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago on Big Lake Big City directed by David Schwimmer.


Matt’s career in theatre has spanned 15 years designing lighting in both Australia and the UK. During his time in London, Matt worked with student directors attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and John Stahl’s solo show Blindman. Since returning to Sydney he has designed numerous theatre productions including for Bangarra Dance Theatre:  OUR Land People Stories, Blak, Belong.  for Carriageworks:  Lake Disappointment.  for Siren Theatre Co: The Trouble with Harry.  for the Australian Chamber Orchestra: Reflections on Gallipoli.  for Musica Viva:  Goldner String Quartet,  for Bell Shakespeare: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet.  for Monkey Baa: The Unknown Soldier, Diary of a Wombat.  for Sydney Theatre Company: Ruby Moon.  for Louise Withers and Associates: The Mousetrap, and A Murder is Announced.  for Company B: The Seed.  for Legs on the Wall: Symphony. for Sport for Jove: The Libertine, Othello,  Antigone.  for Red Line Productions:  This Much is True, A View From the Bridge.  for Sydney Festival: The Famous Spiegeltent (2016), The Famous Spiegeltent (2015), The Aurora Spiegeltent (2014).  for the Sydney Chamber Opera:  His Music Burns.

Matt currently tutors for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).


Julian is a Sound Designer with a background in audio-engineering and electronic music production. After completing a Bachelor of Audio Engineering at SAE Institute in 2017 Julian released a record of original electronic music under the alias Loïcc, while also recording/mixing local Sydney bands such as Hunch and Mac The Knife. Credits include: The Tempest – Sound Designer (Sport For Jove 2017); Romeo & Juliet – Sound Designer/Live Score (Sport For Jove 2017).


Renata is a NIDA trained costume all-rounder. Design credits include: The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet (Sport for Jove), Intimate Letters (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), The Colour of August (Newtown Theatre). Some supervising credits include: Diplomacy, The Kitchen Sink, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Odd Man Out, Barefoot in the Park (Ensemble Theatre), Athalia, The Coronation of Poppea, Rameau: Anacreon and Pigmalion, Theodora (Pinchgut Opera), Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare), The Tempest, Lie of the Mind, Woyceck (NIDA) Some making credits include: The Crucible (Sport for Jove) King Kong (Global Creatures), The Great Gatsby (Bazmark), Aida, Carmen (Opera Australia).


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1 hour and 40 minutes, no interval + Q&A post show

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3 hours with a 15 minute interval

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All Tickets $28
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Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
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Counter $4.60
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