10 Jul - 18 Jul 2020 Age guide: everyone 11+

A Unicorn Theatre Production

I, Cinna (the poet) - digital theatre

A new live, interactive digital theatre experience for everyone aged 11 and over.

  • Written and performed by Tim Crouch
  • Directed by Naomi Wirthner
Book tickets now 10 Jul - 22 Jul 2020
  • Free event
    One booking per customer
    Online booking only
    Booking closes 4 hours before

Age guide: everyone 11+ Duration: 1hr 20 mins

A new live, interactive digital theatre experience for everyone aged 11 and over.

We want to bring theatre to life online for young audiences. We're presenting a restaging of our highly acclaimed show, I, Cinna (the poet) as a live, interactive online experience on Zoom.
Exploring power, protest and art though the eyes of a minor character in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Tim Crouch's solo show thrilled audiences of all ages when it played at the Unicorn in February this year. Performed live every time, the show uses Zoom to create an intimate, innovative new staging integrated with video design and moments of audience interaction. I, Cinna (the poet) invites you to write through the course of the show and celebrates the power of words.

As part of Unicorn Online, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering free tickets for a limited run.
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The poet Cinna hardly says a word in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar before he’s mistaken for someone else and torn to pieces by an angry mob. He’s Shakespeare’s unluckiest character. Now Cinna searches for the subject of his next poem and invites us, the audience, to write with him, live.
This brilliantly clear introduction to Julius Caesar is an electric solo show about words and actions, art, protest and power.


★★★★ 'A fascinating feat of storytelling' The Stage
★★★★ 'Stimulates and provokes.' London Theatre Review
★★★★ 'It’s a finely crafted ... boldly presented.' London Theatre 1
★★★★ 'There is something in this show for all ages.' What's On Stage


The show uses Zoom Webinar functionality. To watch you will need to download Zoom to a computer, tablet or smart phone. We also suggest you use headphones or external speakers to enhance the sound quality and finally, you will need to have a pen and paper ready as you'll be invited to write during the show.

The capacity is limited for this show to enable the interactive experience. There are a couple of moments where everyone can be seen (but you can choose if your video is on). There will be moments of interaction where you may type or speak to everyone – but you choose if you would like to do this, and how much involvement overall you would like.

Please note: there are moments where flashing images of violence and riot footage will briefly be projected on the screen, and some loud noises.

Read our Online Guide here with more information about what to expect and how to prepare, including our child protection and safeguarding policy.


Tickets are limited to one booking per customer - please only book what you need. Places are allocated by screen (two or more people watching the same screen counts as one booking). We recommend watching on your own screen but you can choose to watch in pairs or small groups. Book now.

As part of our safeguarding policy, we can only admit people whose name and email address matches the details they booked with. We recommend setting up a Zoom account that matches your booking details, or contacting us at boxoffice@unicorntheatre.com (at least 24 hours before the event) to request that we change your personal details. We also require under 16s to watch the show with a parent / guardian and to share a screen. Read our Online Guide here with more information.
After booking you will receive a booking confirmation email and e-ticket. Soon after you will receive a further email with information with what to expect and how to access the performance on Zoom. If you no longer require a ticket, please email boxoffice@unicorntheatre.com as far ahead as possible so that we can reallocate your place.

Please note, this event can only be booked online - our phone lines are not open as we are operating with a reduced team.


We hope that you will be inspired by this show to write further and to write your own poem. If you do, we would love to see what you have written, add your poem to our online book and share it with the world. Email us at thepoet@unicorntheatre.com with your poem and your name (if you would like it included). We may share your poem on our website, social media channels and e-newsletter.


Tim Crouch is an internationally renowned playwright and theatre-maker. I, Cinna (the poet) is the fifth play in a series about Shakespeare’s minor characters. Tim’s recent play Beginners premiered at the Unicorn in 2018, played to full houses and critical acclaim, and won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences.


Writer and Performer Tim Crouch
Director Naomi Wirthner
Designer Lily Arnold
Video and Lighting Designer Will Monks
Composer and Sound Designer Owen Crouch

Digital Production Consultants - Matt Humphrey & John Schwab for CurtainCall

Originally commissioned by the RSC as part of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival


Unicorn Online has been made possible with the generous support of the Backstage Trust and Bloomberg Philanthropies.


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