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The Tempest. 7: Spellbound

The Tempest. 7: Spellbound

With his enemies in his power, Prospero decides it's time to take his plan to the next level.

He puts on his invisibility cloak and joins Ariel in the jungle, ready for the mayhem to begin. First, King Alonso and the courtiers...

Wild animals roar and crash through the trees - the courtiers panic and run about. More terrible noises - then silence.

Before they have time to recover, Prospero clicks his fingers and a massive banquet appears. As the starving courtiers rush to the tables, Ariel appears as a terrible monster and the courtiers run around shrieking in terror.

Then Ariel floats above Alonso, Antonio and Sebastian and tells them they are being punished for all the terrible things they have done. In horror the three run into the jungle.

Next, Caliban and his new friends...

Prospero and Ariel find them up at the cave where they're stealing the magician's robes. Ariel conjures up a pack of demon dogs, which chase them in to the jungle too.

Alone later, Prospero is full of questions. What is the right course of action - punishment or forgiveness? Has he himself become spellbound by the magic and the mayhem? Could it be time to move on – and return home..?

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  1. The Tempest - text of episode 7 to print

The Tempest - text of Episode 7

NARRATOR: Down in the jungle King Alonso and the courtiers have given up hope of finding Ferdinand. Most of them are moping. Antonio and Sebastian are plotting murder again – surprise. Prospero walks, invisible, among them – then nods to Ariel. Immediately wild animals roar and crash through the trees – the courtiers panic and run about. More terrible noises – then silence.

Before they have time to recover, Prospero clicks his fingers and a massive banquet appears, tables piled high with everyone’s favourite food. The starving courtiers rush to the tables – but then whoosh, Ariel appears like a terrible monster and flies all around them.

Then he waves his giant wings over the meal – and it disappears. Oh dear, I am enjoying this, says Prospero, as the courtiers run everywhere shrieking in terror.

Finally Ariel floats above Alonso, Antonio and Sebastian – and tells them they are being punished by the gods for all the terrible things they’ve done. In horror the three of them run off into the jungle.

Very nicely done, says Prospero. Who’s next? The drunks, says Ariel – and with a whizz – the magician and his assistant disappear...

...only to reappear by the cave. Just in time to catch Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano. They're nicking Prospero’s spare magician’s clothes off his washing line and heading off with big sticks to kill him. Do your stuff Ariel, says Prospero. So Ariel conjures up a pack of demon dogs and chases them away into the jungle too.

Alone now, Prospero sits and shakes his head. Human beings.

Leave them alone on an island for a day and look what they get up to, he thinks. But should he punish them – or have they learnt their lesson? Is it time to forget all this magician nonsense? Is it time to forgive and forget?

Prospero looks far out to sea and ponders these questions but the answer doesn’t lie out at sea...it lies within himself.

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