“Hard to seem won: but I was won, my lord,” (William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene II, Cressida)
Another weekend, another Shakespeare workshop. Or rather, the continuation of last weekend’s workshop. So far, Class BASH’d has been a blast, and I’m super excited to be working on this second, contrasting monologue for today’s class!
I think, acting can be very cathartic at times. Though I often find it easier to get out of my head when I’m acting alone, rather than in front of others (which, I don’t know, seems to be missing the point somewhat.) So, my goal for today is to picture my scene partner very clearly, and act as though I was all alone, letting the emotions come through as they do then. Hopefully, I’m successful, but if not, it’s something to continue working towards. And of course, I still want to have fun.
I wasn’t familiar with Troilus and Cressida initially, but upon researching it I discovered that it involves one of my favourite pieces of Greek mythos, and one that I am intimately familiar with. The Trojan War. Interestingly enough, I had the opportunity to act in The Oresteia during college, which follows yet another storyline connected to the Trojan War (that of Orestes), and one of my favourite books, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, also involves the legendary conflict.
So, needless to say, I was instantly engaged. Shakespeare’s version of the legend does differ from the Iliad, but it’s still a thrilling tale. And the story of Troilus and Cressida is as intriguing as it is tragic.
“Why have I blabb’d? who shall be true to us, When we are so unsecret to ourselves?” (William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene II, Cressida)
Anyways, I won’t spoil it.