28th November – 1st December 2018, Friargate Theatre
Almendralejo York Shakespeare Project presents a unique opportunity to see an all-female production of Shakespeare’s tale of power, politics and manipulation.
“Would you have me false to my nature?”
Caius Martius Coriolanus II.ii
Ancient Rome. The beginnings of the Roman Republic. Rome is in turmoil both, in conflict with its warring neighbours but also within its own gates with its riotous citizens. Caius Martius, a soldier and military leader, is all set to become consul of Rome, but though he has the support of the Senate, he is hated by citizens and tribunes alike.
Who will rule, the people or the Senate? And what happens when a leader is betrayed by a city he has bled for? Is the system or the individual at fault?
This production asks the question: is it better to be true to yourself, or to compromise for the good of the state?
Directed by Madeleine O’Reilly
Photos by John Saunders. Scroll down to see previous videos from the production!
ENSEMBLE : Catherine Edge, Ruth Chapman, Jennifer Page, Jenny Jenkins, Jessica Sias Wilson, Martina Meyer, Meredith Stewart, Victoria Barton.
CAIUS MARTIUS (later CORIOLANUS) – Emma Summers
TULLUS AUFIDIUS – Abi McLoughlin
MENENIUS – Maggie Smales
COMINIUS – Phyl Smith
VOLUMNIA – Elizabeth Elsworth
TITUS LARTIUS – Claire Morley
BRUTUS – Jodie Fletcher
SICINIUS – Sally Mitchum
VIRGILIA – Eleanor Frampton
Check out a sneak-peak documentary, directed by Andrew Isherwood:
And here’s a taste of the production itself!