Speak, Hands, For Me!

By now you know that the Proper Villains are presenting William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in The Loading Dock at Revolt Melbourne for Melbourne Fringe 2013. That’s a great thing.

But maybe you have some questions – like what did Caesar ever do to deserve this? Who’s that William Shakey guy you keep talking about? And what exactly is a Proper Villain?

               It’ll be nice working with Proper Villains again

                                – Basher Tarr, OCEAN’S ELEVEN

As disparate freelance theatre artists, we’ve all worked at one time or another on a project that, despite all our hopes in the beginning, becomes something we just don’t want to invite our family and friends to. We’ve all worked with people who don’t measure up to our personal standards of professional ethic, or who just don’t share our artistic sensibilities.

And after every one of those efforts, we all thought “It’ll be nice to work with Proper Villains again”.

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THE PROPER VILLAINS MISSION STATEMENT

We are theatre artists extensively trained in our individual crafts who undertake great works from both the classical and contemporary canon with the highest of personal and professional standards, with intent to inform, enthral and entertain, to engage our audience in high quality theatrical conversations that extend our mutual understanding of our society.

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We want to talk to you. We want to challenge you. And we want you to challenge us. Because theatre without conversation isn’t fulfilling, and you don’t learn anything in a conversation without a challenge.

Speaking of not learning things…

For over 400 years Julius Caesar has remained one of the foremost works of political intrigue in the English language. Backstabbing, ambition and manipulation of the public consciousness all in the name of a greater good for Rome – these ideas aren’t alien to us today.

We live in uncertain political times, and our future seems grim at times – not for the people or the policies, but the apparent inability of our elected leaders to engage in intelligent, civilised and productive debate. We hear more negative press than positive, more opposition than progress, more damnation than praise – this isn’t a situation that engenders confidence in our leaders.

Coming in at under 90 minutes our sleek, minimalist cut cracks along, with our ensemble of 8 using Shakespeare’s text to relate the tragedy of Caesar and Brutus to a contemporary political forum.

We aim, as it were, to hold a mirror up to nature.

Big talk? Perhaps. Aiming high? Absolutely. But where’s the fun in doing what you know is possible?

See you in the Capitol

Dave Lamb

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