5 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 Age guide: 11+

A Unicorn Production

I, Cinna (the poet)

WRITE A REVOLUTION.

  • Written and performed by Tim Crouch
  • Directed by Naomi Wirthner

WRITE A REVOLUTION.

★★★★ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ ‘a fascinating feat of storytelling’ The Stage
★★★★ 'Crouch's pitch perfect performance' London Theatre Reviews 
★★★★ London Theatre 1
One of the BBC's top 20 unmissable shows in 2020.

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 a unique and warmly engaging solo show about words and actions, art, protest and power.

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.
 
Want to know more about the play before you arrive? We've created a handy download with a brief overview, and a synopsis of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
 
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INTERVIEW WITH TIM CROUCH

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WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING

'Loved it. Impressive one man performance. Wonderfully interactive. Modern. Engaging. Thought provoking.'
 
'Stunning. Moving. Superbly well acted. A show that stays with you.'
 
'Fantastic - subtle, powerful, clever, expertly staged and performed.'

IN THE PRESS

★★★★ 'Naomi Wirthner’s dynamic direction keeps the show pulsing along while still leaving room for Crouch’s lyricism to linger on the ear.' The Stage on I, Cinna (the poet) in 2020

★★★★ ‘There is something in this show for all ages. I Cinna (the poet) is about words and obedience and power, politics and language and equality.’ What's On Stage

★★★★ ‘…stimulates and provokes.’ London Theatre Review

★★★★ ‘It’s a finely crafted introduction to the work, boldly presented in Naomi Wirthner’s production’. London Theatre 1

‘… a play that tells us the plot of Julius Caesar as a way to tell us that politics has everything to do with poetry, actually.’ Exeunt

WRITER GUEST BLOG

Theatre-maker, Tim Crouch writes about his view that we, as a society, don't value theatre for children enough. This is a subject very close to our hearts at the Unicorn and Tim's piece beautifully sums up our mission and all that we are fighting to change.

'We must [...] hold a society (and a culture) to account that rates creativity in the young so low and treats art for young people as secondary.' Read the full blog on Broadway World

WRITE YOUR POEMS, SEND THEM OUT!

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 website and share it with the world. Email us at thepoet@unicorntheatre.com with your poem and your name (if you would like it included). All poems will live here. We may share your poem on our social media channels or e-newsletter, please let us know if you would prefer for your poem to not be shared in this way.

Poem

FREE POST-SHOW TALKS

Join Tim Crouch and other members of the I, Cinna (the poet) company after the 6pm performance on Wed 19 Feb, and after the 7pm performances on Thu 27 Feb and Fri 28 Feb. No booking required.

TICKET INFO

Tickets: £10 - £12 under 18s / £10 - £18 adults (termtime dates offer lowest prices, weekends at top price. Holiday dates 15 - 23 Feb)

WAYS TO SAVE

Previews (5 - 12 Feb): £10 under 18s / adults

Multi-Buy Offer: save 15% by booking two or more different shows in our Aug '19 - Jul '20 season at the same time.

Offer applies automatically at checkout & is subject to availability. Excludes workshops/events & other offers. Where you have different numbers of tickets across shows, the discount may only apply to part of your booking.

FOR SCHOOLS

Suitable for School Years 7 and above
Tickets £10 / Non-fee schools offers from £7
Free schools' resource pack online & to download
Free teacher CPD: Thu 16 Jan, 4.30 – 7pm
Enquire about booking a free post-show talk
Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

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

CREDITS

Originally commissioned by the RSC as part of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival
Production photos by Helen Murray
Photo by Peter Schiazza

 

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