The Man with the Disturbingly Smelly Foot

The Man with the Disturbingly Smelly Foot. The Trojan War. You’ve heard of Achilles and Odysseus, but have you heard of Philoctetes? Probably not, because although Philoctetes signed up to go and fight, he never made it. And why? Because he had a disgustingly, terribly, disturbingly smelly foot.

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Based on Philoctetes, by Sophocles


By Nancy Harris
Directed by Ellen McDougall


He’s furious. Some say his hate is the only thing still keeping him alive.


The Trojan War. You’ve heard of Achilles and Odysseus, but have you heard of Philoctetes? Probably not, because although Philoctetes signed up to go and fight, he never made it: his shipmates abandoned him on an island on the way. And why? Because he had a disgustingly, terribly, disturbingly smelly foot.


Fast-forward ten years and Odysseus needs something Philoctetes has... will Philoctetes forgive and forget, and help the Greek armies win the Trojan war? Or will his need for vengeance overcome him?


Running Time: Approx 60 mins


Insight: Q&A with Ellen McDougall on Thu 10 May after the 1.30pm performance.


The Greeks season is supported by the Foyle Foundation and the Molecule Theatre and was originally developed at the National Theatre Studio.

Unicorn Theatre

147 Tooley St
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 2HZ

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