“Is love the generation of vipers?”
After a seven-year long siege by the Greek horde, caused by the refusal of the languid and proud Achilles to join the battle and end the war, the fall of Troy is imminent. Amidst the destruction Prince Troilus embarks upon an ill-fated affair with a traitor’s daughter, Cressida, to consummate their love only for her to be thrown out of Troy. His naive notions of the world are shattered, and throughout all this the bastion of nobility, Hector, finds his code of honour steadily eroded as darkness begins to reign and a disease of horror spreads throughout a monstrous horde of innocents. Morality, dreams, gender, and lives – all these dissolve as Troilus’ obsession with his ex-lover draws to a chilling end.
In this radical re-interpretation, the Anubis Players present a world of absent time and absent gods, where war is being stabbed in a dark alley, where to be valiant is to steal, and where a young man who has turned out so wrong, whose life should not have been about this, is forced to grow into a world of envy or else die as his city burns around his ears.
“Follow me, sirs, and my proceedings eye. It is decreed Hector the great must die”...