SUDS Presents: The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus

Sydney University Dramatic Society

2022

400 years on from when it was written, Titus Andronicus still remains one of the bloodiest plays ever staged; possessing a power to shock that has seldom dwindled in the years since. A wretched tale of revenge set amidst a crumbling Roman empire, it tells the story of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and Titus Andronicus, the Roman general who murdered her eldest son.

With the setting and context shifted to the final days of humanity, SUDS Presents: The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus shines the spotlight on some of the characters less prominent in Shakespeare’s original work, and attempts to re-shape it into a timely tale about the victims of imperialism. As a multi-generational story of lineage, trauma and the sins of the father, this is a play that speaks to our generation's fears of inheriting a world that is irrevocably broken.

Inspired by the dialectic of new vs. old, and the structure of tradition holding up through a catastrophic society, both digital and print assets were developed for this production in line with the directors vision.