Thurs 30th November - Sat 1st December & Thurs 7th December - Sat 9th December 1978
Directed by Jill Sawyer
In a tragedy he who kills is as innocent as he who gets killed.
"Antigone a raison mais Creon n'a pas tort" (Antigone is right, but Creon isn't wrong) ALBERT CAMUS.
Jean Anouilh's play Antigone is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the play of the same name (Antigone, by Sophocles) from the fifth century B.C. In English, it is often distinguished from its antecedent by being pronounced in its original French form, approximately (On-tee-GONN). The play was first published in 1943, during the period when the Nazis occupied France. The character of Antigone took on the role of the French Resistance and Creon took on the role of the Vichy Government, symbolising the power struggle present in France at the time - the parallels to the French Resistance and the Nazi occupation are clear. In an allegorical way, the play is openly critical about collaboration with the Nazis.
Just as in the myth and original play, the action follows the battle for Thebes in which both of Antigone's brothers have been killed. Creon, now king, has decreed that while Antigone's brother Eteocle should be given the usual respectful burial, Polynices must be left as carrion for scavengers. Antigone chooses to attempt to bury Polynices, and is brought before Creon as a prisoner. Creon attempts to overlook the offence, perhaps because Antigone is engaged to his son Haemon, but Antigone refuses to be denied the responsibility for her actions.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|1st Guard (Jonas)||Peter Duncan|
|2nd Guard (Corporal)||Derek Cusdin|
|3rd Guard||David Spackman|
|Stage Manager||Robert MacGregor|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Langley Gifford|
|Lighting Design||Tony Terribile|
|Set Design||Robert MacGregor |
|Front of House||Robbie Cattermole|
The original story of Antigone by Sophocles was first performed in the 5th century B.C., Anhouilh's version was produced in Paris in 1942 against the background of occupied France. "In a tragedy he who kills is as innocent as he who gets killed." Creon says yes and accepts life - Antigone says no and rejects happiness and life which she considers to be an ugly compromise.