Antigone has always been a respected member of her community but in civil war all bets are off. She suddenly finds herself on the outside looking in. Everyone has a right to bury their dead. Everyone has a right to give their loved ones a dignified resting place. Yet when the community leaders decide that they need to set an example, they deny Antigone her right to mourn. Faced with the prospect of unresolved grief, she rebels against everything she knows.
Antigone adapter and actor Jane Montgomery Griffiths sheds a little light on the dark history of Sophocles' classic tragedy.
"When you hear the words Greek tragedy, you might think of white masks, or even the ongoing economic crisis â€“ ancient drama and modern depravity in its most enticing form. These first impressions may seem simple, but within them lays a theatrical form that refuses to die."
"Unearthing the power of ritual in a shattered community, Malthouse Theatre presents an intoxicating re-interpretation of Sophoclesâ€™ timeless tragedy, Antigone."
"Women critics loved Griffith's Antigone. Men hated it. Translating their different reactions reveals the gendered politics of critique."