Posted by: Noor Ghuniem
Cast: Maryam (Sycorax, The Lucifers), Maryam’s brother (Caliban, Sycorax’s Dad), Friend (Sycorax’s Mom), Friend (Ariel)
Credits: Noor, Maryam, Alexis (writer and directors), Noor (video editor), Alexis (cameraperson),
So, who wants to know Caliban’s back story? Certainly Shakespeare doesn’t give us much to go on. All we know is that his mother Sycorax was a witch, came from Algiers, arrived on the island pregnant with Caliban, and died before the action of The Tempest begins. Now here’s a video to fill in this lamentable gap left by the bard.
Hearts may sink to see that this is another sock puppet video, but stay with it because it’s actually rather good. It’s a school project (age of the students unclear), and they have gone to a considerable amount of trouble to imagine a sustained and plausible prequel to The Tempest, explaining what made Sycorax so bitter and how she ended up on the island. There’s a substantial amount of pseudo-Shakespearean dialogue which hopefully got them good marks for effort. It’s a genuinely creative piece of imagination, conducted as best they could with the tools at their command. It ends with Sycorax’s death and Caliban taking over the island, leaving us still with the question of her influence on him, but for the rest of the story you’ll just have to watch – and hopefully applaud.
Links: YouTube page