The Ides of March

The Ides of March
By Kieran Bullock. Fringe World. Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Brisbane Hotel, North Perth, WA. Feb 8-13, 2019

This bizarre little time travel comedy sees William Shakespeare travel to Ancient Rome to witness the assassination of Julius Caesar. A madcap 39 Steps style performance sees 4 actors play dozens of characters, in an hour long show that never takes itself very seriously.

Penned by Kieran Bullock, who also plays duel key roles of Shakespeare and Julius Caesar, the show is a series of unlikely situations, with some clever pop culture references and tongue firmly planted in cheek. There is wonderful camaraderie between the performers, and some lovely characterisations including Jennifer Ashley’s wry Detectivus, James Rosier’s clever Brutus/ Pomodoro double and Paul Browns wonderfully awkward Casca.

High energy antics play on the doubling, with frantic (but usually smooth) costume changes and the audience waiting for characters played by the same actor needing to interact. Some non-scary audience participation adds to the fun.

History buffs, lovers of campy comedy and those who like their theatre fast, frantic and funny will love this show.

Kimberley Shaw

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