Julius Caesar visits Lewes Town Hall
Posted by carlotta on Wednesday December 10th, 2014 at 10:10am
I was asked to come up to Lewes Town Hall to get some photos of the Lewes Youth Theatre / Sussex Downs College production of Julius Caesar. This is the third production of theirs that I have photographed. Each one has been truly inspiring and this was no exception. Last May I spent several weeks charting the build-up to their Battle of Lewes Festival and the premier of a new John Agard play. A couple of summers ago I photographed the dress rehearsal of another student final project as part of the Phoenix Project.
LYT’s take on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar was brilliant, setting it in the gangland culture of 1960s London. The cast were dressed in suits, skinny black ties and braces. An evocative 60s soundtrack was the backdrop to staging that took the action from room to room throughout the 19th-century Town Hall. This made the most of the setting, using the existing balconies, staircases, stage and bar to great effect. Hurricane lanterns, fake blood and body bags added authenticity to a literally gut-wrenching play.
More photos from this shoot can be found here.
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