Antony & Cleopatra
by William Shakespeare
2011, Webber Douglas Studio, Central
Directed by Ben Naylor with Vicky Araico
This epic, thrust-stage production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a cast of 18, used simple costumes and vivid lighting to differentiate the worlds of Rome (metallic and maritime hues) and Egypt (bright golds and sand), with fluid movement between locations and dramatic moods. Roman military costumes were eclectic: elements of contemporary and 19th-century uniforms, with helmet-masks inspired by 300; Egyptian costume drew on a variety of Japanese, Indian, East Asian and Middle Eastern garments, and referenced pre-Raphaelite classicist painting. Given the play’s Mediterranean context, the stage was designed to recall a boat; it seemed to float above the theatre floor. Music and soundscape were performed live on acoustic instruments (and objects) referencing folk and traditional sea-shanty.
Photography by Luke Pajak