JULIUS CAESAR at Shakespeare's Pop-up Globe - Tue 23 Jan
Thanks to Alexander Holloway, the fight director of Shakespeare's Pop-up Globe, for his kind invitation for the Imperial Romans to attend "Julius Caesar" - a great retelling of the bard where the girls did a fantastic job of gender reversal and the audience loved being sprayed with blood. After the show Alexander introduced us to the director Rita Stone, and stars Donogh Rees (Julius Caesar) and Jessie Lawrence (Mark Antony) who all hammed it up with the Romans for a few laughs. Next time we'll save Caesar!
Rita had to cut the play from 3 hours down to 2 hours, and says her one big regret is cutting out Antony's famous line: "I am no orator, as Brutus is" and so here it is in context in all its glory.
"Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up
To such a sudden flood of mutiny.
They that have done this deed are honourable:
What private griefs they have, alas, I know not,
That made them do it: they are wise and honourable,
And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you.
I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts:
I am no orator, as Brutus is;
But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man,
That love my friend; and that they know full well
That gave me public leave to speak of him:
For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech,
To stir men's blood: I only speak right on;
I tell you that which you yourselves do know;
Show you sweet Caesar's wounds, poor poor dumb mouths,
And bid them speak for me: but were I Brutus,
And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony
Would ruffle up your spirits and put a tongue
In every wound of Caesar that should move
The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny."
Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" - here the girls do a clever parody of Jacques-Louis David's "Oath of the Horatii" (1784, Louvre, Paris). Julius Caesar wears a Hillary Clinton pantsuit to invoke modern ambition of certain victory unexpectedly killed off.