Year 12 Drama students performed Antigone by Jean Anouilh last week in the University of Adelaide’s Little Theatre. Based on the famous Greek tragedy by Sophocles, Antigone details the rebellion and martyrdom of the daughter of Oedipus Rex.
Jean Anouilh was a French playwright and wrote his script in occupied France, as a pointed comment on the Nazi-controlled Vichy government. Anouilh’s Creon is much more reasonable than Sophocles’ character, and provokes the question – when is it best to compromise your own ethics for the greater good? Antigone’s sacrifice becomes more complicated in this setting, and posed questions for the cast as we explored this text through rehearsals.
With fantastic performances from all students, and arresting costume design by Year 12 student Ella, Antigone was well received and thought-provoking.