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ANTIGONE / CYRANO DE BERGERAC

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Who here can tell what law we owe the dead?

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is a child of war. Thousands of years ago she asked a question: What do we do with the body of the enemy, when this enemy is our brother?

Creon, Antigone’s uncle, is a leader trying to usher in democracy after a brutal civil war. When Creon discovers what Antigone has done, both of them suffer the consequences. Personal conscience is pitted against national law and neither come out clean.

Damien Ryan’s new adaptation of Sophocles’ classic takes the conflicts of ancient Thebes and wrenches them passionately into the present. This story of war and its aftermath is a powerful yet vulnerable allegory about one of history’s most famous families.

Sport for Jove’s production of Antigone won seven Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016.

'[Brings the original] whole and unharmed and germane into the now.' —Diana Simmonds, StageNoise


It stays with me, one thing… my panache!

Cyrano de Bergerac is convinced that his outrageously-sized nose will forever stop him from being loved by Roxane, his intellectual and beautiful friend. But Roxane is in love—with Christian, a handsome yet inarticulate soldier in Cyrano’s regiment. Together, Christian and Cyrano make a flawless human.

This epic plot spans a whole war, from Parisian bakeries to the bloody battlefront. Dramatic irony takes centre stage alongside Cyrano’s sharp wit and painful yearning.

Edmond Rostand’s original 1890s tragicomic French masterpiece is the unique romance that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. This new adaptation by Damien Ryan brings the action forward to WWI, where Cyrano is a war poet like no other.

Sport for Jove’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac won three Sydney Theatre Awards in 2013.

A bravura blend of wordplay and swordplay, adventure and romance, humour and heartbreak.' Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

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Antigone

Female | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 57

EXTRACT: Who are you? Are you the future—are they talking to the future, trying to teach you something? Or is it like history? Are you just recording it, all the sordid details—the inbred girl who ruined everyone’s day—just recording it, for a library somewhere. I know you’re there. And while my boy there, my love, makes a woman out of me, I’m gonna say a few things. [She watches him/them.] I wish I could enjoy it more but I have a lot on my mind— [She sits down.] So—this is my lament. My name is Antigone.


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