‘Who is here so vile that will not love his country?’
Rome. The civil war is over. Pompey is gone and Caesar is victorious. Now comes a constitutional crisis. Democracy is being threatened by the return of the victorious Julius Caesar who has recently been named dictator. The people flood the streets to support their bright new hope. Others protest vehemently against her rule. Caesar, one of the original ‘cult-of-personality’ leaders, is becoming too dominant in some of her fellow-politician’s eyes, especially Caius Cassius’. Even some of Caesar’s closest allies, such as Brutus and Casca, are swayed by Cassius to turn against her and a grand plot to oust her is born. What unfolds next will change Rome forever, but will it be for the better or for worse?
How does the play speak to us today? Despite it being centred around real life events of 44BC, some of the same big themes from the play still linger in 2019 Britain: how country’s rule themselves, the power of patriotism and career-politicians putting their agendas over that of the nation as a whole. With modern politics becoming more and more polarised, Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, feels like a play for our times.
Featured actors-in-training at RADA, Julius Caesar was performed at the Vanburgh Theatre @ RADA, London schools and the Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland.
WRITER WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
PRODUCER ROYAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART (RADA)
DESIGNER CHRISTINA LEMON
COMPOSER THE COMPANY
MOVEMENT EILZABETH BALLINGER
VOICE KAY WELSH
Lara Grace Ilori