THRUST INTO POWER, A YOUNG ROMAN EMPEROR SEEKS LIFE AS A MUSICIAN AND PERFORMER, BUT A SERIES OF THREATS AGAINST HIS LIFE MAY PROVE TO BE HIS FINAL ACT...
The musical follows a self-absorbed Roman Emperor and his vain pursuit of critical-acclaim from his countrymen. Domitius predominantly centres around infamous Roman Emperor Nero’s lesser known ambition of his deep and desperate desire of becoming a musician and performer.
Love, Song, Dance, Humour & Murder - Domitius retells the tale from an unbiased viewpoint merely paving the way for an audience to live and experience a snapshot of that particular reign in ancient Roman life. 1st century Roman history, politics and characters are brought to musical life through a contemporary score inspired by the 1970s and 1980s with a script laced with 21st century pop culture references and humour.
Through a stylised libretto partially in verse, Domitius evokes the epic history of Antiquity whilst bridging the gap to this unfamiliar world with modern tongue-in-cheek gags and an eclectic style of music that a contemporary audience would be humoured and enchanted by.
The story captures the heart of Nero’s musical endeavour while also placing it in the context of the political and social reality of 1st Century Rome. In this way, antiquity is both honoured and critiqued. History is meant to be preserved, and what better way than to make it both entertaining and evocative. Through a combination of delusion and passion, Nero exposed the shortcomings of the status quo long through his sheer incompetence. His failures are worth their weight in gold, but his tragedy is without measure. To Nero, privilege was a curse, leading him to envy the artists he sought to emulate. Therefore, Domitius could not particularly be referred to as a tragedy or taken so lightly as to be dubbed a comedy. Much like each of our individual lives there are both triumphs and calamities. It was important for us, The Writers, to capture the fickle nature of human existence regardless of the time period. Thus, we could equally say the genre is as much a historical musical as it is a musical based on the human experience.
ARTWORK BY RUBEN GARDINER