For the third year running Melbourne-based comedy theatre company Elwood Social Club Productions is returning to Adelaide Fringe with its genre and time-bending romp, The Ides of March.
With a swag of four and four-and-a-half star reviews from previous tours, The Ides of March will be performing at Adelaide's iconic Bakehouse Theatre from March 15-20 (which includes opening the show on the ACTUAL Ides of March).
The show follows a time-travelling William Shakespeare who arrives in ancient Rome to observe the assassination of Julius Caesar, only to find himself on a run after Roman detectives anoint the suspicious foreigner as public enemy number one.
The play is an original work by Kieran Bullock, and debuted at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
When William Shakespeare travels back in time to ancient Rome to research his newest play, he unwittingly finds himself a prime suspect in the murder of Julius Caesar. He,along with his faithful sidekick Cardenio, is forced to use all his tact and cunning to evade the villainous senator Brutus - leader of the conspirators and the man who plotted Caesar’s downfall. Brutus is desperate to throw the dirty foreigners to the lions for two reasons: firstly, to win back the trust of the Roman people, distraught at the ultimately death of their beloved leader; and secondly to satisfy the incisive ponderings of the trenchcoat-clad Inspector Detectivus from the Roman Politizia, who’s close to cracking the case of the century.
The Ides of March is a fast, furious roller-coaster ride through space and time, with four actors using a myriad of props and costumes (togas!) to bring this alternate version of history’s greatest assassination to life. With the world’s most famous playwright being chased through the cobble-stoned streets of ancient Rome by a film noir detective you can rest assured that this is no boring history lesson!
Time travel. Treachery. Togas!
★★★★ ½ “Hopefully they will be back next year and should they be, you can be certain tickets will not be so easy to come by.” Liam McNally, Tulpa Magazine
"For those who love Shakespeare, ancient history, or laugh-a-minute theatre, ‘The Ides of March’ is a delightfully absurd revisionist comedy that will keep you entertained." - 4.5 stars, Guy Henderson, Everything Adelaide
"It is a fast-paced, laugh-out loud production – and possibly it’s only let-down is that it lasts just 50 minutes." - 4 stars, Caleb Bond, The Advertiser