First read through and discussions.
Farce? Comedy? Tragedy?
Troilus – hero or twunt?
Pandarus and Ulysses – the go-betweens
Incomplete? Concord or discord?
Act 5.2 – false Cressid?
Paris and Menelaus
Family against Empire
If not “Troilus and Cressida” then what?
To cut or not to cut
Bitterness, disillusionment and disease
Aeneus and Diomedes
Missing soliloquy? Cressida’s letter
Seven deadly sins
Bend a gender
The other women
“Troilus and Cressida” plunges actors and audience into the Trojan War with almost no preparation, explanation or exposition. In this masterclass, we will cover Shakespeare’s use of the play’s ancient Greek and medieval British sources, and explore how to guide a modern audience through the labyrinth of classical references.