The Tempest in Wollongong

The weird and wonderful characters of Shakespeare's The Tempest will appear in Wollongong's Botanic Garden on Friday night when the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company's production begins its month-long run.

Director Juliet Scrine said she used a Pirates of the Caribbean theme as inspiration for the characters' costumes.

"It gave me an excuse to dress up my cast in beautiful outfits and swashbuckling costumes," she said.

"When you're in a garden and doing theatre that is accessible for a larger audience, it's not just for the purist Shakespearean lover."

Performer Houston Dunleavy, who plays the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero, said his opera training had prepared him for performing in the garden.

"You have to be louder and bigger, you can't be subtle," he said.

"We don't use microphones, but you won't have any problems hearing us."

Performances will be held at 7pm on Fridays (except March 7) and Saturdays, and at 4pm on Sundays. For tickets go to, or 4267 3920.

Refunds or exchanges will be offered if the show is postponed due to rain.

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