Now you know our cast, would you like to know what they’ve been doing?
As a new company with limited resources and time, we wanted to use both as effectively as possible, filling our textual understanding with a specific and shared knowledge of the world our characters inhabit. But how do we bring an understanding of what Rome means to the Romans into our contemporary setting? What will raise our performances to paint the world of conspiracy in the audience’s minds?
We take our performances to the world.
Meet our rehearsal room.
After our basic text analysis was done our rehearsals took to the streets of Melbourne, lifting our classical understanding into contemporary context.
The city the Proper Villains love and call home is filled with architectural grandeur evoking ancient Rome, providing perspective and passion in an urban maze.
We have walks and gardens like Rome, a sprawling river, bridges and arches – and enough corners and alleys to hide a dozen conspiracies.
It seems everywhere we looked, Melbourne offered us a setting for our tragedy – never were those words truer: All the world’s a stage.
We drew attention – often we invited it – and the stares of bystanders became a part of the world we will create every night in the Loading Dock at Revolt, a world that has showed itself startlingly similar to our own.
Today our political dissent is in the form of vocal protest, in petitions and rallies, we don’t kill for our ideals. But sometimes the death of an idea is as terrible and tragic a loss as the death of a leader. How often do we let our dreams die in the face of apparently insurmountable opposition.
The world we create is our own.