Review of Antigone at The Hope Theatre

The Hope Theatre’s adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone made audiences feel as though they had transferred to a post-apocalyptic future. Police sirens and sound effects with connotations of political unrest became the soundtrack to this 60 minute piece of theatre. If you are not already aware of the story of Antigone or the story of Oedipus (which is rather relevant to the play), Brendon Murray wrote the script to include a cleverly executed introduction. For anyone who is not so familiar with Greek theatre, this summary makes the piece seamlessly easy to follow.

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Performed by a 5 piece all-female cast, Antigone explores the issue of having the right to bury the deceased. Antigone loses two brothers in battle and is denied the burial of one of them (Polynices) because he is deemed to be a traitor. Disrespecting the King’s law, Antigone sets out to make sure that both her brothers are given the sacred burials she feels they deserve.

This hour long play investigates the consequences of defying absolute law for the sake of family loyalty and respect for the dead. With a fusion between ancient and modern theatre, Brendon Murray makes sure to keep the Greek chorus an integral part of the piece. It was exciting to see such a heavy emphasis on the choral components; powerful five-part harmonies accentuated each scene drawing attention to the important themes of the play.

This adaptation is worth seeing if you want to witness 5 strong women taking on a multitude of diverse characters with convincing and memorable performances. Do not groan at an all female cast but celebrate their rare ability to tell a story with as much conviction as a mixed gender production.

Tickets can be bought for performances up until 12th March 2016 at The Hope Theatre, Islington http://www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/antigone/

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