Friday 4 September 2020 to Tuesday 8 September 2020 (5 performances)
This audio production of Julius Caesar was rehearsed, recorded and produced in lockdown by Youth Action Theatre. YAT is a free theatre group for young people aged 16-25, funded only by ticket sales and by the generous donations of our supporters. If you would like to contribute, please consider visiting our donations page. Thank you.
Act I - "Senatus Populusque Romanus" / "The Senate and People of Rome" - Motto of the Republic
General Julius Caesar is the man of the hour, having won a civil war and brought peace to the Republic of Rome. But Senator Cassius, no stranger to devious dealings, sees something more sinister in Caesar’s popularity. Amidst the celebrations, she begins to recruit sympathisers to plan the unthinkable…
Act II - "Fere libentur homines id quod volunt credunt." / "Men willingly believe what they want to believe." - Julius Caesar
The noble and popular Brutus fights with his conscience – for the first time, he has to choose between the right cause and the honourable one. Meanwhile, Caesar struggles with doubts of his own. The two proudest men in Rome clash with those closest to them, as their own internal conflicts threaten to unravel everything…
Act III - "Alea iacta est!" / "The die is cast!" - Julius Caesar
As everything threatens to fall apart, the conspirators strike and assassinate Caesar. The arch traitor Brutus convinces the people of their honest intentions. It seems that everything is going according to plan – but perhaps Brutus has been a little too trusting, and perhaps not everyone is what they seem…
Act IV - "Fortuna parvis momentis magnus rerum commutations efficit." / "Fortune can bring about great change through small forces." - Julius Caesar
The worst has happened. The murder of Caesar has caused the Republic to collapse into another civil war. On one side, Octavius, Antony and Lepidus form the Triumvirate. On the other, Brutus and Cassius lead the Liberators. Lifelong friendships are shaken to the core and Brutus even fights with himself as he receives tragic news. Can the Republic be saved?
Act V - "Qui se ultro morti offerant facilius reperiuntur quam qui dolorum patientur ferant." / "It is easier to find those willing to die than those willing to endure pain." - Julius Caesar
The war is not going as the Liberators hoped. Even Cassius begins to doubt herself. This is the day when the work the conspirators began with Caesar's assassination must reach its conclusion - for better or for worse.
by William Shakespeare