‘Thank you for a truly brilliant experience. It was just fabulous on so many levels.’ Caroline Sharman, Commissioner, New Theatre Royal

Overnight, a prison appears in the city centre surrounded by elite Caesar Security guards. The prison contains an anonymous captive, pacing behind bars, as digital screens relay public safety messages. But in the recesses the Spartacus movement is planning an action. The movement cannot be contained and will not see one of their number remanded for no reason – ‘Expect us: we will act…’

This modern retelling of the slaves uprising explores the ownership of public space, surveillance and ‘security in the interests of public safety’, with live physical action, digital media, audience participation and a cast of thousands.

Funded by Arts Council England. Commissioned by Pitch Black Arts/South Hill Park Arts Centre, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. Development support from Corn Exchange Newbury, University of Winchester.

The project was Award-winner of the Pierre de Coubertin Prize for Best Creative Cultural Project at the National Podium awards for contributions to the Cultural Olympiad, 2012.

Commissioners & Producers:

‘The show was great. It was clear how much research had gone in to the piece overall and that was impressive.’
Caterina Loriggio, Creative Programmer, Cultural Olympiad South-East

‘Thank you for a truly brilliant experience. It was just fabulous on so many levels.’
Caroline Sharman, Director, New Theatre Royal

‘A fantastic show.’
Donna Close, Arts & Cultural Projects Manager, Brighton & Hove City Council

‘I loved it.’
Ron McAllister, Artistic Director, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell


‘It was brilliant. The best hour I’ve spent for a long time.’

‘It was superb – something different in Portsmouth. Excellent.’

‘I got a feeling of real exhilaration, actually being part of a movement. It raised questions like: Would I stand up for anything. It was fascinating, but yes – we are all obviously Spartacus’

‘It was great – perfect! Very different, very good, and very thought-provoking as well.’

‘Yeah, I loved it – the involvement, everything.’

‘Brilliant – the whole performance.’

‘It was brilliant – worth coming all the way from Somerset for.’

‘I thought it was amazing. You were so excited that you had to watch everything all at once.’

‘I thought it was very good. I got a bit carried away at the end.’

‘What I saw was excellent. I thought it was a really good idea to do street theatre with social messages.’

‘I loved working with such an amazing company – it taught me so much.’ Participant, University of Winchester

‘This collaboration with Periplum stands as a model of excellent practice.’ John Lee, Programme Leader, BA Street Arts, University of Winchester

#WeAreAllSpartacus is perfect for university, college and community participation, able to include up to 100 performance participants as ‘Caesar Security guards’ and Spartacus activists. Participants will be trained through a series of workshops in skills such as ensemble movement, physical theatre skills and audience interaction.

Site-responsive outdoor theatre performance with live action, digital media & pyrotechnics.

In-the-round with promenade & surround action.

Playing area:
Adaptable, usually minimum 30m x 50m (includes set structures and audience standing areas), the show can play both smaller and larger spaces.

Town square, heritage, industrial & regeneration sites.

Up to 2,000 people, age 8+ advised.

15 people.

Show length:
50-60 mins.

1 x 20’ container or 1 x 7.5t truck.

Can include between 25-100 local volunteers.

Workshops specialising in site-specific theatre, often lead to exciting public performances.

Full Promoters’ Pack and DVD available on request.

photo: ray gibson

photo: ray gibson

photo: ray gibson

photo: ray gibson

photo: ray gibson