Troilus & Cressida at the RSC

  • RSC Troilus & Cressida
  • RSC Troilus & Cressida
  • RSC Troilus & Cressida
  • RSC Troilus & Cressida

Get a behind-the-scenes look as virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie prepares for Troilus and Cressida at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare’s epic tale of war-crossed lovers has been transported to a post-apocalyptic world in this new production directed by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran. Set in the seventh year of the battle for Troy, young Trojans Troilus and Cressida spend a passionate night together, swearing they will always be true to one another. But when Cressida is traded as a prisoner of war and enters the Greek camp, her head is turned.

Working alongside co-composer and sound designer Dave Price, Evelyn Glennie has been tasked with capturing the rhythm of battle for the play’s Trojan War setting.

Speaking about writing the music for the show, Evelyn said: “This is my first experience of writing for theatre and it’s been fascinating, scary and a huge learning curve!

"Time scales are very different, there’s a larger pool of people to co-ordinate with, certain decisions cannot be made until all elements come together in the actual theatre, balancing between live music and the spoken word…

"It’s always so different to experience the sound for the first time when reciting lines so until everything comes together we all have to keep an open mind as regards to making adjustments. The actors’ projection of their characters can have an impact on what level the music may be or how thick or thin a score may need to be or how that may be played physically.”

Evelyn has had a love of music all her life, despite becoming profoundly deaf at the age of 12. She has performed all around the world, taking part in events ranging from the Rio Carnival to the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in London, and is credited as the first musician to sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist.

Co-composer Dave has had an equally varied career. He is well known as a theatrical composer, previously working with the RSC on the 2016 production of Cymbeline, and has also released five albums with pop group Aqualung.

Troilus and Cressida is now playing for a strictly limited run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon For more information and to book tickets, visit rsc.org.uk