REMARKABLE, AGGRESSIVE, THOUGHTFUL
THE MĀORI TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - TOROIHI RĀUA KO KĀHIRA
Written by William Shakespeare
Translated by Te Haumihiata Mason
Director: Rachel House
at Globe Theatre, London
From 23 Apr 2012 to 24 Apr 2012
[2hrs 30mins, incl. interval]
Reviewed by Andrew Dickson, 25 Apr 2012
originally published in The Guardian
No one could accuse Shakespeare's Globe of lacking nerve. Not only does their contribution to the World Shakespeare festival include almost every work in the canon, each in a different language (from Juba Arabic to British Sign Language), but they've elected to open proceedings with a play few would honestly choose as their favourite.
Troilus and Cressida – a knotty, bittersweet love story set across the battlelines of the Trojan War, like a rerun of Romeo and Juliet without the consolation of death – is a hard sell at the best of times, never mind when it's in a language from the other side of the world.
In the event, though, the Auckland-based Ngakau Toa company, performing in classical Maori, offer a potent, swaggering production that looks entirely at home on this stage. [More]
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Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph);
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Paul Simei-Barton (New Zealand Herald);