Picture this: Contemporary civilisation as we know it has collapsed. Amid the ruins and dust, a group of storytellers present Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to warn of the perils of political corruption and greed.
This is the setting for Jo Loth’s interpretation of the William Shakespeare classic – set in a post-apocalyptic, 21st century landscape.
The head of Drama at the University of the Sunshine Coast says the work has once again become timely.
“It’s about megalomaniac politicians, part of the struggle of power, people being easily swayed by politicians. It’s a play about a population feeling very uncertain and full of fear,” Loth tells My Weekly Preview.
“After I decided to do Julius Caesar, I noticed so many performances of Julius Caesar are happening at the moment and that is due to the political landscape we find ourselves in.
There is the fear of World War III… there are the dictators in Third World countries getting so much power and it all has a lot of resonance with the story of Julius Caesar and exploring how we handle these situations.”
But Loth says this is far from a doom and gloom production.
“This adaptation puts a very unique spin on the play, we are absolutely not trying to be true to how it was done 400 years ago. We are trying to explore it through a new perspective and look at how it is relative to 2017.”
Loth says a strong collaborative team has evolved around the production, which features some of the leading lights of Sunshine Coast theatre including Rainee Skinner, Mary Eggleston and Angel Kosch.
Julius Caesar is on at The Events Centre, Caloundra on August 12 and 19 at 7.30pm and August 17 at 11am and 6.30pm. Tickets are $35 and $25.