Instaviews with Director Yuxuan Liu

Yuxuan Liu is bringing his show Caligula and the Sea to VAULT Festival 2023. 

Instaviews with Director Yuxuan Liu

About this event

Starts: Wednesday 15 February 2023 1:00 PM

Ends: Wednesday 15 February 2023 1:30 PM

At: Instagram Live, @voicemaguk

Director of Caligula and the Sea, Yuxuan Liu will join us for Instaviews on Wednesday 15 February at 13:00. 

Caligula and the Sea is a fantastical, dramatic, gripping, and not-so-historically-accurate retelling of the tales of the infamous young Roman emperor, Caligula. This new devised play examines themes of power, friendship, masculinity, and the environment.

Caligula and the Sea is one the VAULT FIVE shows heading to the festival from February 28 - March 5, 2023. 

The VAULT FIVE is a unique development programme for cutting-edge theatre artists who show immense promise to elevate their careers to the next level. 

Yuxuan Liu, the director and lead artist of Caligula and the Sea, is one of this year’s VAULT Five artists. The  VAULT Five is VAULT Festival’s yearly 9-month mentoring programme for early and mid-career live  performance makers with Alumni including Tabby Lamb, Casey Bailey, Gemma Barnett, Katie Greenall, and  Julene Robinson. About the creation of Caligula and the Sea, Yuxuan says: “Even though this play is set in a  fictional and fantastical world, it says something universal and timeless about human nature. I think the  audience will see a bit of themselves and the world we live in when they watch it. We will be telling this story  through text, movement, music, and puppetry - it’s going to be an entertaining show to watch.” 

As a versatile theatre-maker and deviser, Yuxuan’s work ranges from children's theatre and new writing to the  reimagining of classic plays. He recently directed the sold-out new queer comedy BoyBi at the Bread & Roses  Theatre as part of Clapham Fringe 2022. 

Caligula and the Sea’s cast includes Noah Silverstone (Where The Magic Happens – JOY Festival, Lyric  Hammersmith) as Caligula, Felix Ryder (Cyclops and Home Burial - international tours) as Cassius Chaerea, and  Riko Nakazono (My Neighbour Totoro – Royal Shakespeare Company; Madam Butterfly – English National  Opera) as Neptune.

To find out more about Yuxuan's new show, join us on Wednesday 15 February live on IG. See you there!


Saskia Calliste

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Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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