so, my sister is a very good playwright

and she’s been commissioned to adapt Julius Caesar for a company that does site-specific casual Shakespeare with few props, few actors, minimal costuming etc, and does it brilliantly because they have so much energy and (in my opinion) get to the heart of what Shakespeare was doing in terms of having fun with it and making his audience do so too

anyway, this JC is to be performed in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria markets, which was a decision made on the basis that this is a play whose major emotions and drama and shifts are built around public spaces, public interactions, drawing the public in

and

for no particular reason other than we had a lot of really really good female actors auditioning for our last show but we could only cast three because it was R&J and there aren’t many roles for them

they have decided it’s going to be an all-female cast, employing all the awesome female actors they want to employ

not gender-bending - they’ll still be using male pronouns for the male characters, etc

they’ll just

all be played by women

because why the hell not

and they’re already getting kick-back along the lines of 

so sexist

feminism gone too far

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF SOMEONE DECIDED TO STAGE AN ALL-MALE PERFORMANCE OF SHAKESPEARE HUH WHAT THEN

and everybody who has any tiny tiny smidgeon of knowledge about Shakespeare performance history

is not even bothering to reply

just sitting back and laughing

and watching the comment threads explode

it is good

“Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.”

- Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here