Two things struck me. Firstly, how similar the political situation back then was to that of today. It was amusing to see the mega-rich General Pompey acting in a trump-like over-bearish manner, promising the people all sorts of never-deliverable wonders and worrying about his comb-over. We also had the Senate standing around clueless after having killed Caesar, with no prior plan what to do next, and so much indecision you could see the Republic fall apart around them – how Brexit is that.
Secondly there were two great drunks who made an appearance. The first was general Lucullus who was so drunk he lost his army – literally, and was to be seen red-faced and staggering about the set to the embarrassment of anyone who has been that legless. Then Mark Antony, the chap who had the affair with Cleopatra. He was also portrayed as a complete wreck-head and seen throwing up, falling about and generally being useless. Of all the people portrayed, Mark Antony was best placed to become an Emperor and rule the known World at the time, but alcohol was too much of a draw for him and he ended up losing everything and committing suicide instead.
I suppose it shows how much you relate to the issues drink causes once it is no longer an issue for yourself, but also how much it makes you realise how many opportunities of your own you have lost because you were a drunk. Thank God those days are behind me.
Go and see this show if you get the chance – brilliant.