- Titus Andronicus [Hiraeth Artistic Productions]
..Rome is but a wilderness of tigers,
Tigers must prey and Rome affords no prey
But me and mine ...
This is England meets shakespeare in Hiraeth Artistic Productions' gritty and aggressive take on one of his bloodiest plays; Titus Andronicus.
Shakespeares' classic tale of war, revenge, honour and rivalry is transported into the underbelly of 1980s London. Set deep inside British extremist skinhead culture, Roman warriors are unapologetically replaced with National Front political soldiers and their armour switched for military style shaved heads, combat boots, drugs and knives.
In the midst of a turf war on the streets of north London, Titus' son is murdered by Alarbus, the son of a powerful Irish immigrant matriarch; the murder sparks into action an uncontrollable and catastrophic cycle of violent and bloody revenge. As the aggression rapidly escalates, Titus is pushed to the brink of insanity, culminating in a ferocious and unforgiving climax.
In a society where survival balances on a knife edge, just how strong are the restraints holding us back from committing the most heinous of monstrosities, all in the name of self-preservation?
Doused in 80's politics, music, fashion and culture, Titus Andronicus is an exciting and engaging explosion of corrupt humanity at its most extreme!
- Photo: Adam Trigg link