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Pitchy Breath’s bold take on modern politics with genderblind production of Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a blistering political thriller, as relevant today as ever. With its exploration of absolute power and creeping dictatorship, now is the perfect time to revisit this play. Pitchy Breath Theatre Company are doing just that in this fast paced, modern dress, gender blind adaptation that brings this historical play firmly up to date, whilst still retaining the glorious language of our greatest writer, touring to venues in Sussex and Surrey this November.

Pitchy Breath will transport you to an alternative world, where the Roman Empire never fell, to tell the story of the murderous conspiracy against Julia Caesar from her closest allies. A cast of actors from the local community have been rehearsing alongside professional performers, under the direction of Gary Andrews, to bring this classic play into the 21st century. Funded and supported by Crawley Borough Council, Pitchy Breath Theatre Company was formed in 1995 and Julius Caesar will be their 51st production, their first Shakespeare play since 2011’s all-female version of The Taming of the Shrew.

Bradley Barlow, Artistic Director of Pitchy Breath Theatre Company, said: “Pitchy Breath has a proud history of taking classic theatre, ripping up the rule book and turning things on their head – and this production promises to be no exception. Following a fantastic audition earlier in the year, the cast have delivered some incredible performances to produce a show that will be remembered as one of Pitchy Breath’s best.”

Gary Andrews, director of Julius Caesar, said: “One of the exciting challenges of this production has been finding ways to make the setting modern without compromising Shakespeare’s language. During the rehearsal process, we have found lots of places to insert up to date references, turning servants to PAs, characters using mobiles and social media, that will resonate with today’s audience and make it easier for them to identify with the characters.”

Performances: Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 November, 7.45pm, at The Hawth Studio. Tickets: £12 (discounts: £10), available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 or by visiting: hawth.co.uk

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