1. Rock the ship
Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, live in a cave on an island. But they weren't born there - twelve years ago they were cast out to sea in a boat full of holes and left to die. It happens that those responsible are on a passing ship.2. Set me free
Prospero has used his magic to conjure a storm and wreck the ship. He explains to Miranda he was once Duke of Milan but had his dukedom taken by his brother, Antonio. The travellers are washed ashore in separate groups.3. Full fathom five
Prospero and Ariel inspect the survivors of the shipwreck: Alonso, Antonio, Sebastian and Gonzalo in one group; the comic duo Stephano and Trinculo in another; and Alonso's son, Ferdinand, elsewhere on his own.4. Toledo steel
The courtiers are arguing and Prospero casts a sleeping spell on them, but allows Antonio and Sebastian to remain awake. Antonio is soon up to his old tricks, convincing Sebastian that he can become king by killing Alonso.