By Sophocles, adapted by Eamon Flack

Polyneices and Eteocles, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes’ civil war, have both been killed in battle. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles will be honoured and Polyneices disgraced. The rebel brother’s body will not be sanctified by holy rites, and will lay unburied to become the food of carrion animals. Defying Creon’s edict Antigone buries her brother and in so doing unleashes a terrible tragedy.

"What a great piece of theatre! The adaptation by Eamon Flack retains the power of the original, while making it not so much up to date, as timeless." - ArtsHub

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  • 4 female identifying, 4 male identifying
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Gender Unspecified | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 6

EXTRACT: But Victory smiles,/ The sun is up/ And now/ Forget/ Forget/ Forget/ Run in circles/ All day, all night/ Sing in shouts/ Dance the earth/ Shake the earth/ Shake off war/ Shake up Bacchus/ Crown Bacchus/ Shake the earth/ Crown Bacchus - /


Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 9

EXTRACT: For Polynikes:/ No funeral rites or /prayers./ No mourning./ No lamentation./ No burial./ His body stays/ Where it fell/ With the rest of the enemy dead/ Where the dogs and the birds/ Can clean it away./ I will not take wrong/ And lie it side by side with right./ I honour loyalty/ In life and death.


Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 42

EXTRACT: Wedding tomb and prison bed/ With all my love and all my own/ And all the great number of dead I'm going to join/ Of whom I am the last and the saddest/ And come to you even though/ I am not yet done and still made of life,/ Listen to me, listen./ When I have come there,/ My father, my mother, my brothers/ Will welcome me,/ Since when you died/ I washed you each of you/ With my own hands,/ Hid you in earth/ And poured water on your graves,/ And now,/ Polynikes,/ For burying you,/ This.


Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 50

EXTRACT: Take me home, boy./ He can panic at younger men./ Let him sit there a while/ And learn to stop and think./ Come on./ Leave the king alone./ He has to fish his intelligence/ Out of the toilet of his loud mouth.

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