An interesting session organised by the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust @ShakespeareBT , as part of their Winter Course, took place this afternoon, with the two actors who play Caesar and Tyro in Imperium, respectively Peter de Jersey and Joseph Kloska, joinin in for a Q&A.
Heather from Twitter was so kind to share the answers with me and to give me the permission of reporting it on my blog.
My questions were:
– Did the cast made a research about the Ancient Rome for their characters?
– Did some of them go to the real Rome?
Here the answers that came out, you can find the conversation through the tweet above.
“Definitely did some historical research, per Pete de Jersey (Caesar). Joe Kloska felt it was more about an acting challenge to bring the work to the stage.”
“PdJ – good theatre is when you go to Macbeth & see not actors “doing Shakespeare” but a husband and wife addressing a situation”
#RSCImperium provides a backstory and dialogue with Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar/Antony & Cleopatra”
“JK – the Cicero/Tyro relationship is very different from a Shakespearean master/servant role. JK tries to show the true friendship.
“There are some issues with the set – the Globe/moon obscured the view for some people.
PdeJ and JK both angry on behalf of audience for this.”
“Interesting – stage has been lowered so audience represents the Senate.
PdeJ comments that the space in The Swan is about the same as the actual space in the Senate.”
“PdeJ explains that one of the rings he wears as Julius is passed on to Ollie as a visible connection to his adopted heir.
Not commented on or obviously noticeable to audience, but agreed between PdeJ and OJ to symbolise the relationship.”
“JK comments on new Fire & Fury Book about Trump – says that Trump reacts emotionally whereas Caesar is wholly strategic.”
“Will the play transfer to West End or elsewhere? In discussion, no conclusion yet. Keep your fingers crossed!
“In discussion” is better than “No, it will not”! Let’s hope they will make it happen! Thank you again, Heather!