Production mimics life

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Sara Zwangobani will take to the stage as Mark Anthony in Bell Shakespeare’s political thriller Julius Caesar.
Camera IconSara Zwangobani will take to the stage as Mark Anthony in Bell Shakespeare’s political thriller Julius Caesar. Credit: Supplied / South Western Times

Promising a masterpiece of intrigue and treachery, Bell Shakespeare theatre company will explore the after effects of fear infecting a society in its production of Julius Caesar.

Actress Sara Zwangobani has fully immersed herself in the challenge of playing Mark Antony – a traditionally male role – drawing inspiration from political figures and their right hand women to add depth and dimension to her performance.

“A part of it is just the challenge of doing Shakespeare full stop – his wonderful rich language and the complexities of it, but part of it has also been about not trying to be a man, but finding out what it is in those words of Mark Antony that transcend gender and speak to women as well,” she said.

Zwangobani said one of her favourite aspects of the classic tale was its relevance to the real world.

“It is very compact and it’s very muscular – it is very action, action, action,” she said.

“Unlike Hamlet, when people are standing around for a long time pondering their actions, that doesn’t happen much in Julius, people just make a choice and go for it – whether that ends up being a good choice is open for debate.

“I quite like that because people in real life do that – they often act and then think about it later which is what makes us human.”

She also believed the notion that the play had no real hero or villain was intriguing, as “everyone is just trying to do what they think is right” – leaving the judgment up to the audience.

Tickets to tonight’s performance are available at the box office.

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