Masterclass: Gender choices in casting and character
“When he came to himself again, he said, if he had done or said any thing amiss, he desired their worships to think it was his infirmity. Three or four wenches, where I stood, cried ‘Alas, good soul!’ and forgave him with all their hearts. But there’s no heed to be taken of them; if Caesar had stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less.”
WORKSHOP 1 – 12th October
First read through and discussions.
Topics discussed included:
Brutus – bad politician and good man?
Rome – modern or ancient?
Caesar – minor character?
Is the play elitist?
The storm and the supernatural
Gods, religion, popery
The women. And other women?
The second half (post assassination)
Portia’s death news
WORKSHOP 2 – 27th October
Masterclass: Gender choices in casting and character – Tom Latter
“Remember March, the ides of March remember:
Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake?
What villain touch’d his body, that did stab,
And not for justice? What, shall one of us
That struck the foremost man of all this world
But for supporting robbers, shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
And sell the mighty space of our large honours
For so much trash as may be grasped thus?
I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.”
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