Written by William Shakespeare in 1599, it is a historical play on the fall of Julius Caesar in 44BC and the two battles of Philippi in 42BC: it analyses power dynamics and power stability, questioning the right to rule, and bringing early elements of what we could nowadays call anarchic thought, against the figure of the natural leader.
It is a play about conspiracy and reactions to the threat of liberty and to violence.
We are in Rome, 44BC: Caesar has just become Dictator after having re-dimensioned the senate’s role and won the civil war with Pompey’s faction, but not everyone seems to think his role will bring peace to the state: Gaius Cassius is positive that a dictator will bring no good to liberty and peace, and starts a conspiracy with Marcus Brutus, one of Caesar’s closest friends, which leads to the assassination of the Dictator. They think this will bring peace and equality throughout the state, but power instability and public thought make the city fall into another civil war.
Produced and performed by the Cork Shakespearean Company, it is a brilliant new take on Shakespeare’s play that aspires to bring the Globe’s lively atmosphere into the Granary, whilst blending the historical concepts into our reality.