Et tu, Brute?

And now, the final nail in Caesar’s coffin – our Marcus Junius Brutus.

May the Proper Villains present, at the last, the smashing Seton Pollock.

Seton

A Graduate of NIDA, Seton makes his Melbourne debut with this production of Julius Caesar.

Whilst at NIDA Seton appeared in David Williamson’s Third World Blues, Gorky’s “Summerfolk” and as Pericles in William Shakespeare’s Pericles.

Staying in Sydney after graduating, Seton worked on “Kitty, Fifi and Jason Dale” in the 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival, and as Jack in Lord of the Flies at The New Theatre.

He’s now living in Melbourne, and is the final member of our cast you need to meet.

BUT WAIT, you cry, thinking back over these 8 posts…

What of Antony? and Octavius? Have we met them yet…and the other conspirators? Cinna the Poet? Who is cut and who remains?

To find that out, you’ll have to Book your tickets now!!

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Kneel not, gentle Portia.

Coming down to the wire now, with 10 days until we preview. And so much more to tell you!

Our penultimate cast member, just recently returned to Melbourne from Sydney and Los Angeles, is the spectacular Hannah Pepper.

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A graduate of WAAPA’s acting course, Hannah has spent her time moving between Los Angeles and Australia, where she has been involved in the creative development of both film and theatre productions.

She has worked alongside such actors as Peter Weller (Robo Cop) and Thomas Jane (HBO’s Hung) and director Shane Black (Iron Man 3).

She has recently returned to Melbourne to pursue her passion for the stage and in particular, Shakespeare.

We’re certainly glad she has, and you will be too! But only if you Book Now!!

Danger knows full well that Caesar is more dangerous than he.

And now, may the Proper Villains present the man our play is named for: General, Politician, Consul, Leader, Dictator – our Gaius Julius Caesar, the exceptional Christian Grant.

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Christian started acting at the age of thirteen, after being forced to audition and “give it a go” by his mother.

During high school he appeared as Joe Byrne in Ned Kelly, Percy in Henry IV Part I and Ulysses in Troilus & Cressida. At the age of sixteen, Christian was asked to be a part of the Globe Shakespeare Company of Australia’s National Youth Production of Cymbeline, in which he played Belarius.

After graduating from high school Christian joined the youth theatre company Rough Hewn Theatre Troupe, where he appeared as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theseus in Jean Racine’s Phèdre, Peter Webster in A Spring Song and Macbeth in Macbeth.

Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012, his roles while studying included Vershinnin in Three Sisters, Baylor in A Lie of the Mind, Matthew in Daniel Keene’s Untitled Monologue, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

Later this year, Christian will appear as the younger version of Duncan Ballins in the Rowan Woods directed ABC Telemovie The Broken Shore.

But before this, he has to die.

To see it happen, several times a week, Book your tickets for Julius Caesar now!!

A soothsayer bids you beware the Ides of March

16 days to go before Caesar hits the Fringe, 4 more cast members to meet.

Today we introduce to you the conspirator Trebonius and the mysterious Soothsayer, all wrapped up in the wonderful Jean Goodwin.

Jean

Jean is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts Bachelor of Dramatic Art(Acting). Prior to her studies at the VCA she graduated with an advanced diploma in Live Production and Theatre from the Southbank Institute, studied for 3 years at The Queensland Actors’ Playhouse, and in 2007, Jean moved to New York City to study at The New York Film Academy.

Jean played Natella in the Forbici Ensemble’s 2009 Australian tour of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and at the VCA her credits include Helen of Troy in The Trojan Women, Olga in The Three Sisters, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Die Alter in A Bright Room Called Day.

Jean was the 2011 recipient of the Richard Pratt Bursary for achievements and excellence through out 3 years of actor training.

Since graduating Jean has appeared in We Are Perpendicular by Emily Stewart, and again as Portia in the MUSC Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant Of Venice.

For a front row seat to the soothsayer, the conspiracy, and more political intrigue than the whole of election 2013, book your tickets for The Proper Villains’ Julius Caesar now!

http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/julius-caesar/

But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him?

Hello again.

If you’ve been paying attention – and we like to think you have* – you’ll know that with one more cast member you’ll have met half of us.

And here that full half is!

The Proper Villains now gladly throw in your face, taking on the dual roles of Cicero and Metellus Cimber, the superb Tom Heath!

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A graduate of the VCA, Tom comes to theatre from a musical background, appearing in Opera Australia’s children’s chorus Carmen, Orpheus in the Underworld and Otello.

Tom’s roles at VCA include Agamemnon in Agamemnon, Kulygin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Father Flynn in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, Oliver, Corin and William in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Kynaston in Jeffery Hatcher’s Compleat Female Stage Beauty.

Tom was the 2011 recipient of the Richard Pratt bursaries for achievements in the First and Second Years.

This year Tom devised and performed the role of Man, in a piece called We are Perpendicular for the Canberra festival You Are Here in 2013.

To see Tom take on the Roman Senate, book your tickets for Julius Caesar here – http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/julius-caesar/

*If you have been paying attention, you’ll also have noticed that all the characters we have introduced so far have names beginning with C…..Coincidence? Perhaps. But will we ever have a character whose name doesn’t begin with C? Stay tuned to find out…

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.

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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!

http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/julius-caesar/

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.

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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!

http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/julius-caesar/