Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing and yet rarely performed tragedies. The play follows two plots and lurches between comedy, death and love.


Troilus and Cressida

For ten years the Greek army has been encamped around the walls of Troy. The siege is getting nowhere, the war is stalemate - and the reason is that the Greek commanders are at each others throats. In particular, Agamemnon has stolen a prisoner of war from Achilles and Achilles is sulking and refusing to fight. Meanwhile in Troy, Troilus tells her shameless uncle Pandarus, that he is in love with Cressida and she with him. The play is full of tremendous passions – in war, in sex and in self image; the focus constantly changes from the intimacy of the central affair, to the wider picture of pointless skirmishes in a war which seems to have neither purpose nor any end in sight; and each perspective colours the other. This play which is comic, tragic, cynical and ironic by turns is completely absorbing and disturbingly modern.

Taking inspiration from the themes of effeminacy and feminine masculinity which colour the play, this production pits the women as Trojans against the men as Greeks.

Director
Set and Costume Design
Sound Design
Lighting Design

Nona Shepphard
Maree Kearns
Ivan Birthistle
Mark Galione

The Cast

Greeks:
Achilles/Helen
Agamemnon
Ajax
Diomedes
Nestor
Patroclus
Thersites/Mendelaus
Ulysses

Trojans:
Aeneus/Priam
Alexander/Calchas/Andromache
Cassandra/Servant/Margarelon
Cressida
Hector
Pandarus
Paris
Troilus

The Crew

Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Chief LX
Scenic Construction
Scenic Artist & Prop Maker
Sound Design Co-ordinator
Wardrobe Supervisor
Technical Manager

 

Thursday 27th November - Wednesday 3rd December, 7.30pm
Matinee Monday 1st December, 1.00pm

This play is not suitable for children. Recommended age 13+





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