Sport For Jove‘s announced their 8th annual Outdoor Summer Season. They are going on a Roman holiday with the epic tale of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. This year their season is also a study of power and provocation from the perspective of women in leadership. The traditionally male roles of Julius Caesar, Octavius Caesar, Cassius, Casca and many more played by a group of superb Australian female artists in a unique outdoor season.
In their media release, SPJ said Shakespeare looked to the Roman past not out of historical curiosity but to awaken us to the struggles, fears and possibilities of our present – our relationships to power, to loyalty, to freedom, to violence, to idealism and to civic duty. But above all to imagine new futures.
“How many ages hence shall this, our lofty scene, be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown” – Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra are two of his greatest plays – famed for their clarity, political modernity, poetry and their extraordinary pantheon of characters, real men and women who defined the very pulse of their age and who are rekindled in the possibilities of every political leader and every political machination of the 21st Century. Their rise and thunderous fall threw down to us a set of challenges we may never master. How do we lead a nation? How do we follow a leader? What sparks revolution? What suppresses it? What price freedom…?
And as the merry-go-round of the Australian Prime Ministership has shown in recent years, politics is as personal as life itself. Love, hate, betrayal, sacrifice, lust, confusion, tyranny – power is a fragile house of cards and every nation stands in its trembling shadow.
Featuring : Camilla Ah Kin, Oliver Burton, Megan Drury, Giles Gartrell-Mills, Teresa Jakovich, Amy Kersey, Felicity McKay, Suzanne Pereira, Rupert Reid, Damien Ryan, Berynn Schwerdt, Georgia Scott, Christopher Stollery, Tony Taylor and Bryce Youngman.
Directors : Michael Pigott and Damien Ryan
Designer : Georgia Hopkins
Design Assistant : Angelika Nieweglowski
Lighting Designer : Martin Kinanne
Sound Designer : Bryce Halliday
Stage Manager : Paisley Williams
Fight and Movement : Scott Witt
Technical Manager : Jeremy Page
Where: Bella Vista Farm Park, Baulkham Hills and Everglades Garden, Leura
Dates: December 17th – January 29th