Rape, multiple murder, mutilation, forced cannibalism, human sacrifice…a deadly cycle of revenge set against a bloody backdrop of Shakespearean Ancient Rome in which time and time again the children suffer amidst their parents’ feuds.
Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare’s less famous and popular plays, yet this team of LUDS’ actors, directed by Dominic Davies, have produced a very compelling and dramatic adaption. Performers who stood out particularly for me were Angela Hehir as Tamora, Queen of the Goths, Alex Webber-Date as her lover, Aaron, and Ben Spence as the titular Titus. However, all of the actors displayed brilliant and poignant moments and any amount of incredible talent.
At a good three hours long (including a fifteen minute interval), with countless murders and mutilations both on and offstage, there were still moments of, admittedly rather black, humour. Yet beneath the gory story of an almost archetypal revenge-tragedy, this adaption also brought out the deeper themes of family, race, honour and grief. Altogether a fantastic performance and highly commended if emotionally harrowing.