Troilus and Cressida
To The Elephant
Reality Rating: 3/5
Fidget Factor: 0.4
Written shortly after Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida was added to Shakespeare’s collection of tragedies – unlike Hamlet, this play holds an undercurrent of comedy. To The Elephant theatre company have brought together a large cast to perform this Greek and Trojan dispute. A touch of audience participation sets the scene of this stalemate of war, waiting for the next action in battle.
Full of naked torsos and warrior helmets, it’s clear from the offset that this play is full of male domination- supported by the imprisonment of their possessions; female members of the family. A modern audience may focus on this representation of women more than an Elizabethan audience, therefore To The Elephant theatre company have exchanged the roles – switching up the Commander for a female lead rather than male, detracting from the anti-feminist plot of the play.
Unlike, Imogen recently seen at the Globe – this production of Troilus and Cressida has heavily relied on the text to deliver the story. Well acted, but not a huge amount of tools are given to the audience to follow this lesser known Shakespearian tale. Those who prefer the traditional performances of Shakespeare’s work will appreciate the style and delivery of this production.
Delighted to see Megan Pemberton again (last seen by Scatter in Mine at the Court Yard Theatre), playing Cassandra. Pemberton expresses the madness within this Torjan princess through erratic shifts across the stage, eyes wide, wild with lunacy. A fun take on Pandarus, Sam Perry has developed the character with a camp persona. The sleek movements and soft, eerie vocals give an eccentric twist to this somewhat comedic role. Atilla Akinci’s performance of Thersites is full of quirky idiosyncrasies, hunched over to present a deformed figure, vicious intent and snide remarks are given from a pesky, rat like character.
Head to Bankside’s first Tudor theatre, and experience a traditional and energetic production of Troilus and Cressida.
Click for Tix:@Rose Playhouse
Time: 90 Minutes
Running: 5 OCT 16 > 15 Oct 16
♥ Thank you to Pepe Pryke @Rose Playhouse for the invite
♥ Illustration to come…