A new devised play that examines themes of power, friendship, masculinity, and the environment. A fantastical, dramatic, gripping, and not-so-historically-accurate retelling of the tales of the infamous young Roman emperor, Caligula.
Caligula is trapped on Capri as a young adult. Years later, he returns to Rome as its new Emperor with his close confidant, Chaerea. But Caligula is not content with being emperor, he wants to rule as a god.
When he enters into a destructive friendship and rivalry with Neptune, the god of the sea, he witnesses power beyond his comprehension. He is left to question his relationships with friends, family, the empire, and himself.
There is an ancient rumour that Caligula waged war against the sea. Will he do the same in this fictional world where gods exist, and monsters are made?
Supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery.
Please note the performance on Tuesday 28th February will be a preview.
Yuxuan Liu is a theatre director based in London. He is the director and lead artist for Caligula and the Sea and one of this year's VAULT Five artists.
He is excited by fun, provocative, inventive, and international theatre experiences. His work ranges from children's theatre and new writing to the reimagining of classic plays.
Recent directing credits: BoyBi (2022, The Bread & Roses Theatre), It's Not Goodbye, It's Just Goodnight (2022, Bristol Old Vic Weston Studio), Hamlet (2022, The Wardrobe Theatre), Fallen Leaves (2021, Clifftown Theatre).
Yuxuan graduated from the MA Drama Directing course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the BA World Performance course at East 15 Acting School.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work:
⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Effective, engaging and exciting to watch" StageTalk Magazine
“There is something in Liu’s visual language that thrills” Kris Hallett
Cast & Creative Team Director & Producer: YUXUAN LIU
Dramaturg/Resident Writer: JACEY CASEL
Set & Costume Designer: FIONA MCKEON
Puppet Designer & Maker: NOAH SILVERSTONE
Sound Designer & Composer: HANNAH BRACEGIRDLE
Lighting Designer: AARON J DOOTSON
Technical Stage Manager: EMILY DARLEY
Movement Director: SEAN CROFT
Voice Coach: ZOE LITTLETON
Show Image Designer: JED BERRY
Marketing & PR Associate: NATALIA KNOWLTON
With special thanks to VAULT Five Mentor OLIVER HYMANS
Caligula: NOAH SILVERSTONE
Cassius Chaerea: FELIX RYDER
Neptune: RIKO NAKAZONO