Casca (James Tresise) photographed by Catherine Drysdale
The fall always comes
A response to True Romans All
by Emilie Collyer
Their problem was in underestimating me.
This has been the case since I was a child. It used to pull at me, like hooks under skin. Not even worth a mention. Not even: ‘Keep an eye on that one.’ Nothing. The glazed flick with the eye, dismissing me. Not built for fighting. Not pretty enough for fucking.
In a city where you rise to the top with boots and knives or sink under the weight of others’ ambitions, I found a way.
Living between the cracks.
Last weekend we playtested #TrueRomansAll, our Bell Shakespeare commission turning Julius Caesar into a street game. Thanks to our playtesters (most of whom who will go on to be our actors and game runners in the final work)
#TrueRomansAll Pop Up Playground and Bell Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye announce the creative development of #TrueRomansAll
#TrueRomansAll is a reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in which the audience are ‘players’ with the influence to change the outcome of the story. Initially divided into two teams, they must decide at each juncture how fully they want to commit to the decisions that are being laid before them.
The players start together at a pre-appointed location, piecing together clues and information as they go. Information can be gleaned from other players, roving ‘journalists’, surrounding media or social networks (come armed with phones!). Players will meet in City Square, progressing through the city to finish around Treasury Gardens. Each team will be accompanied by a stage manager, and decisions are managed through a central ‘control centre’.
This is an outdoor theatre experience. Please wear shoes suitable for walking and dress for the weather. Players are asked to bring smartphones and be prepared to engage with the performance on Twitter and YouTube.These performances form the development season of this new work. Following the performance, your feedback would be appreciated.
Interested in knowing more or playing the game? Sign up to the #TrueRomansAll mailing list to receive information, game tips and the pre-game play by clicking here: http://eepurl.com/QcrhL