Year 12 Drama – Guest Director Season
Antigone is a play from 441 BC that is still performed today. Why is it such an enduringly popular play that is studied and performed the world over? How is it relevant to the world today?
For the new king of Thebes, Creon, presiding over a city that has just survived civil war means that obeying the law of the land is the single most important thing we must do as citizens. In his very first speech, he’s quick to tell us that anyone who prefers their loved ones to their country is completely worthless. It’s an astonishingly brutal claim. For Creon, clearly, nomos is everything.
But Antigone is equally entrenched in her view, which is that natural law – her duty to her dead brothers– trumps the city’s laws every time. It is a matter of supreme irrelevance to her that the act of burying her brother Polynices is forbidden by law. She has a duty to bury him; she could no more leave him to be eaten by dogs and carrion birds than she could fly down to the underworld herself. So, she chooses religious obedience over civil obedience. To herself and her sympathisers, she is a freedom fighter; to Creon, she’s a terrorist.
Experience our version of Antigone, staged in a world appealing to a 2018 audience whilst paying homage to one of the world’s greats, Sophocles.
4 – 6 April
7.00pm, Curtin Theatre