Casca, you are the first that rears your hand.

Caesar dies in 23 days. We’d better have some assassins.

By historical accounts, the first strike at Caesar came from Tribune of the People, Publius Servilius Casca Longus. We call him Casca.

We’ve also called him a Her.

The Proper Villains are proper excited to introduce our Casca, the delightful Emily Renalson O’Kane.


From the wild moors of Sale in Gippsland, Emily makes her Fringe Festival debut with the Proper Villains Theatre Company. Her previous stage works include The Laramie Project, as part of the 2011 Foundation Short Course at VCA.

She has appeared on the Showtime series Tangle and in the web-series Flat Whites, as well as short films Jack and Sally, Cold Showers and A Literary Tale.

Her Casca is a thing of beauty, danger and intrigue – you can only see it in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Book your tickets now!


How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia!

A few days ago we met Cassius. Now, from Caesar’s other side – The Proper Villains Proudly Present the exceptional Jennifer Innes as (among others) Calpurnia.


A graduate of the VCA where she completed postgraduate studies in Voice, Jennifer has worked as an actor, producer, director, and now voice coach in Melbourne, Adelaide and England. Jennifer is.

She spent two years in London studying Classical Theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, appearing in Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, The Philistines, The White Devil and The Provok’d Wife.

Melbourne theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet with Essential Theatre, Arcadia, Closer, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Generous.

Productions in Adelaide and abroad have included Coriolanus, A Passage to India, Chinchilla and Low Level Panic, which Jennifer also produced for her Adelaide-born theatre company Scylla Productions.

In 2010 she directed and produced Liz Lochhead’s Blood and Ice at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne.

With such experience behind her, we wouldn’t be surprised if she avenges Caesar’s death herself! See her in action – book your tickets now!

Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look

With a month to go before Caesar hits the Fringe, Perhaps it’s time you met some of our cast.

The Proper Villains are proud to Introduce to you, as Gaius Cassius Longinus, the magnificent Andrew Carolane.


A graduate of the VCA, Andy made his professional debut at the age of 16 in the Hot House Theatre Company’s production of Such a Storm, conceived & directed by Mark Gaal.

Since then Andrew has trained at various institutions including WAAPA, Actors Center Australia, the Sydney Stage Combat School and VCA, working with some of the best theatre practitioners in the country.

At VCA Andrew played Aegisthus in The Greeks, Solyony and Baron Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, Gratiano & the Prince of Arragon in The Merchant of Venice, and Roland & the terrifying Herr Gottfried Swetts “The Devil” in A Bright Room Called Day.

Andrew would like to dedicate his performances to his Father & Mother for giving him Shakespeare at an early age.

See his lean and hungry look in person – book tickets now for Julius Caesar at Melbourne Fringe 2013!

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”.



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.


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

Set on, and leave no ceremony out

Melbourne has no shortage of independent theatre companies, and now you have no shortage of one more.


The Proper Villains.

We make theatre. We’ve not made any yet, but it’s never too late to start – we’re making some right now, in fact.

Melbourne Fringe 2013
Revolt Melbourne Artspace
The Loading Dock

Julius Caesar

See you there.