What's it like playing Thersites
in Troilus And Cressida?
Una Stubbs as Peggy, Sheila as Mildred and Susie Blake as Marge in Murder On The Blackpool Express Hard to believe it's the same person - Sheila as Madge in Benidorm Sheila in costume as Thersites
in the RSC's production of Troilus and Cressida You played acid-tongued OAP Madge in ITV comedy Benidorm for nearly 10 years.
Shelia has now swapped the sunshine for Shakespeare and she joined me in the studio to talk about her role Thersites
in Troilus and Cressida at the RSC.
Significantly, many of Shakespeare's stigmatized characters--Richard III, Aaron, Shylock, Don John, Falstaff, Thersites
, Edmund, and Caliban, to name a few--occupy a similar dramatic space and serve a similar dramatic function even though they are quite different in their differentness.
Shakespeare enters the story at this point, with Prendergast considering the repulsive--and unremitting--speech of Thersites
in Troilus and Cressida.
They open with a consideration of Homer's Iliad, finding evidence of class strife in the figure of Thersites
, who publicly denounces Agamemnon's willingness to sacrifice his soldiers for war booty (Homer, 1990, lines 262-275).
To cherry pick just a few examples, in 'Epic Extremities', which deals with the bookopenings and closures as a mix of prosaic and periphrastic poetic moments of the formulaic kind, there is an interesting comparison of the bald Lucius with the undignified and boorish Thersites
in the Iliad.
(12) In the field of the history of religions I know of no one other than the American historian of religions Bruce Lincoln, who has sophisticatedly discussed this basic truth; see in particular, Authority: Construction and Corrosion (1994) about the maneuvers of the heroes of the Iliad towards the lame and ugly Thersites
and the discussion in Religion, Empire, and Torture: The Case of Achaemenian Persia, with a postscript on Abu Ghraib (2007) about ancient Iranian torture methods and the degrading and dehumanizing treatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
: Comedy, Scapegoats, and Heroic Ideology in the Iliad: TAPA 118: 1-28.
The essays four epigraphs are drawn from the same scene in act 5, where Troilus and Ulysses eavesdrop on Cressida and Diomedes (and all are in turn overheard by Thersites
For this sin he has been made into a Thersites
figure, a stick-in-the-mud Founder, or a J.