Our Cast List

In the course of producing our voice-based electronic edition of The Waste Land, we used a variety of methods to settle on a cast list consisting of twelve distinct voices. This list of voices is the one with which you must work in completing the "Have Your Own Say" section of this website. This is not to say that we consider it definitive; indeed, we invite you to disagree with our cast list—to find more, fewer, or simply different voices. When the technical resources exist, we intend to make it possible for you to edit our character list, or to devise one of your own.

This listing describes some of characteristics and vocal traits of the members of our dramatis personae. It displays the name of each voice in the font and size in which they appear in the poem as presented on this website.

Name

Tiresias

Age

70s-90s

Tone

Objective, detached, but sympathetic

Accent

Unknown

Languages spoken

English

Characteristic lines

I Tiresias, old man with wrinkled dugs
Perceived the scene, and foretold the rest

Name

Marie

Age

60s-70s

Tone

Nostalgic

Accent

German

Languages spoken

English, German

Characteristic lines

And when we were children, staying at the archduke's,
My cousin's, he took me out on a sled,

And I was frightened.

Name

Hellfire Preacher

Age

50s-60s

Tone

Prophetic, censorious, condemning, enraged

Accent

American

Languages spoken

English

Characteristic lines

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only

A heap of broken images

Name

Chorus

Age

Multiple/Ageless

Tone

Distant, detached

Accent

Multiple

Languages spoken

All

Characteristic lines

Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop

Name

Intrepid Reporter

Age

30s

Tone

That of a radio or newsreel announcer of the 1920s

Accent

English

Languages spoken

English

Characteristic lines

Madame Sosostris famous clairvoyante,
Had a bad cold, nevertheless
Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe,

With a wicked pack of cards.

Name

Madame Sosostris

Age

60s-70s

Tone

Businesslike, polite, helpful

Accent

Slight, Egyptian

Languages spoken

English, (Arabic)

Characteristic lines

Thank you. If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,

Tell her I bring the horoscope myself

Name

Crazy Prufrock

Age

30s

Tone

Alternately manic/delusional, detached/grim, and cynical/angst-ridden

Accent

American and/or English

Languages spoken

English, Italian, French, Latin, some Sanskrit

Characteristic lines

I think we are in rats' alley

Where the dead men lost their bones.

Name

Nervous One

Age

30s

Tone

Nervous, anxious

Accent

English

Languages spoken

English

Characteristic lines

"My nerves are bad to-night. Yes, bad. Stay with me."

Name

Woman in Bar

Age

40s

Tone

Chatty, gossipy

Accent

Cockney English

Languages spoken

English

Characteristic lines

Well, if Albert won't leave you alone, there it is, I said,

What you get married for if you don't want children?

Name

Barman

Age

50s-60s

Tone

Bellowing

Accent

Cockney English

Languages spoken

English

Characteristic lines

HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME

Name

The Typist

Age

20s

Tone

Meek, resigned

Accent

English

Languages spoken

English

Characteristic lines

"Well now that's done: and I'm glad it's over."

Name

The Thunder

Age

Ageless

Tone

Prophetic, serene

Accent

Languages spoken

Sanskrit

Characteristic lines

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