2022 National Tour
TITUS – SENIOR SHOW
Written by: Caitlin Stevenson, Francesca Browne, Isabella Kerridge-Temm
Although Titus was extremely popular in its day, over the course of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries it became perhaps Shakespeare’s most maligned play, and it was only in the latter half of the 20th century that this pattern of denigration showed any signs of subsiding. This is attributed to the violent and graphic nature of the piece which didn’t fit with the moral compass of the time.
Well, now the USC aims to make the play great again! Definitely aimed at senior students, the USC takes their usual irreverent approach to the work incorporating modern references, fast-paced comedy and some 16th century special effects.
But we don’t want to take away from the themes and chaos within the text, so the USC adaption honours the story and doesn’t shy away from the horrors portrayed within.
The Roman general Titus Andronicus returns from war with four prisoners who vow to take revenge against him. They rape and mutilate Titus’ daughter, have his sons killed and banished after which Titus kills two of them and cooks them into a pie, which he serves to their mother before killing her too. And if that isn’t enough murder and mayhem the Roman emperor kills Titus, and Titus’ last remaining son then kills the emperor and takes his place.
Just your average Quentin Tarantino movie, or even a potential Harry Potter film maybe?
We do advise a trigger warning with the themes but promise the USC humour will always shine on through.
So, bored with Hamlet, The Scottish Play and Othello? Make way for you and your students to explore a Bard piece that is not oft’ performed.