A new devised play that examines themes of power, friendship, 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 the young, extravagant leader of the Roman Empire. But he is not content with being emperor. He wants to be a god.
When he enters into a destructive friendship and rivalry with 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. Will he maintain his authority as he loosens his grip on reality?
There is an ancient rumour that Caligula waged war against the sea. Will he do the same in this fictional world where gods and monsters exist?
Yuxuan Liu is a theatre director based in London. He is the director and lead artist for Caligula and the Sea.
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 is one of this year's VAULT Five artists. For Caligula and the Sea, he will be collaborating with artists including Jacob Casel, Fiona McKeon, and Noah Silverstone.
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: YUXUAN LIU
Dramaturg/Resident Writer: JACOB CASEL
Set & Costume Designer: FIONA MCKEON
Puppet Designer & Maker: NOAH SILVERSTONE
Show Image Designer: JED BERRY
Movement Director: SEAN CROFT
Sound Designer: TBC
Lighting Designer: TBC
Technical Stage Manager: TBC