Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare on the Level

Troilus and Cressida  
Presented in English   
theSpace on Niddry St., Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
August 15-27, 2016

“Shakespeare smashes Homer's grand legend of the Trojan War while the unrivalled gallery of stars - Achilles, Agamemnon and Helen - lust and manipulate general destruction. Comedy, tragedy, history, satire, political danger at its most chilling.” –description from the Fringe programme

Company: Shakespeare On The Level (now To The Elephant)
Directed by Kate Littlewood
Music by John O’Hara
Set by Chris Tuffin
Lighting by Ben O’Grady
Cast Includes: Isabel Sutton, Louis Bowen, Safeena Ladha, Christopher Royle, James Meteyard, Jamie Littlewood, Atilla Akinci, James Mear and Charles Bateman                                    

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Selected Reviews:
FringeGuru review (5 stars): "This young but professional company delivers outstanding production values, with effective lighting and a very stark and simple set – comprised of a single large white circle representing sand. It is performed in the round, and the whole audience is drawn into the action by the cast, who use all four connecting aisles for characters entrances and exits." "an excellent production of one of the Bard's lesser-known plays."

FringeReview Must See Show: "RSC quality at Fringe prices. Absolutely compelling viewing from start to finish and an absolute “must see” for any Shakespeare lover."

BroadwayBaby review (4 stars): "an incredibly enjoyable adaptation that trips along at a tremendous speed; a must-see for anyone looking to get acquainted with a forgotten Shakespeare classic."

The Play's The Thing review: "There is hardly any Shakespeare at the fringe that isn’t dramatically altered in some way or another. Re-contextualisations abound, as does new work that’s derivative from a story or character. West Country-based Shakespeare on the Level’s Troilus and Cressida is neither of these. It has no gimmicks and no determinedly modern concepts. It is merely the text staged in a clear fashion that serves Shakespeare’s stories, with few divergences. This is not an innovative production and has a few faults, but is remarkably refreshing in its lack of fringe-ness." "Some cross-gendered casting is a welcome choice to improve balance between men and women." "Though not a particularly fringe approach to Shakespeare, this is a well-staged production with a cast of emerging talent."