(Part B of Bronze Award)
During the summer of the past year my family and I went watch the political play, Julius Caesar. I can still remember the horror of it all, the blood, the violence and the torture of having to stand in the sun for three hours! Oh the pain!
It was worth it though. Julius Caesar was an excellent play about power, ambition and assassination; it was exceptional. We went to watch it in the GLOBE and I think really if you want to get the best of Shakespeare you have to watch it there. Being there and watching the play really gives you a sense of what it was like back in Shakespeare’s day. What also made it interesting was how the players actually acted all around you and since I was part of the yard I got the best of it. During the scene changes, the actors might carry the props off stage and through the yard area to the backstage. In more than one scene, actors would be around you in the crowd and shouting up at the stage. At one point, we, the audiences were shouted at to make way for the Roman senate to go past. It was truly tremendous.
While during intermission, my younger brother took the opportunity to move forward toward the stage. When the play came back on, they had a scene where a poet’s testicles were ripped by the angry mob. It was so real that my brother was shocked and he ran back to my mum. His astonished face was priceless.
Julius Caesar was about the power of struggle of Julius Caesar, his assassination and the turmoil that came after. Shakespeare must have adopted the play based on historical fact that he have studied in school. I was told that the Elizabethan crowd loved these bloody play. The audience in most play would actually participate in the play by booing, cheering and even throwing rotten fruits on stage. One can imagine how much more entertaining it would be in those days.
I didn’t read about the play when I went to watch it, I only had a vague idea about what the play was about. Unlike my dad who had studied it at school I was clueless on what was going to happen. However it was clear, not hard to understand, and I am very glad that I have studied the language Shakespeare used otherwise I think I would have been a little bit befuddled.
(Unfortunately, I lost our GBP5 standing tickets which we bought on a standby because we just turned up without making a reservation.)