Miranda & Caliban

What really happened when Miranda met Caliban and Caliban met Miranda and Prospero didn’t approve?

Visit the island. Hear the testimonies. Explore the evidence.

Join TV Judge Ariel-Jacob as he gives Caliban a chance to give his side of the story that lead him to be branded throughout history as some kind of monster. Join the jury. Hear the testimonies. Explore the evidence.

Then vote. Guilty or Not Guilty. You decide!

Miranda & Caliban: The Making of a Monster

by Jennifer Dick, Garry Robson and some bloke called Shakespeare

Presented as part of the Shakespeare Lives International Festival and inspired by a key incident in Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Birds of Paradise Theatre Company worked with D/deaf and disabled artists in Hong Kong and the UK and with Glasgow hip-hop legends Hector Bizerk to create a thrilling courtroom drama.

Miranda and Caliban explored the meaning of ‘home’, our fear of its ‘invasion’ and our relationship to ‘the other’. Performed in Hong Kong and Glasgow in November 2016 and simultaneously in English, Cantonese, British Sign Language and Hong Kong Sign Language for both a live and digital audience. Miranda & Caliban was performed in Glasgow and Hong Kong simultaneously using live video feeds:

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November 2016

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Kwai Tsing Theatre Black Box Theatre, Hong Kong

Download the  ​Miranda & Caliban Programme

Production Photographs


This production was a bi-lingual, multi location and multi platform event and as such the production took a multilateral approach to access by providing English and Cantonese captions and British Sign Language and Hong Kong Sign Language. Audio description was also be available as a pre-show recording at both locations and from the website. Live audio description was available in Hong Kong and if required in Glasgow.



British Sign Language information

Hong Kong Sign Language information

A poster for the event in Hong Kong.

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