Theatre Knights tackle Sophocles' epic tragedy
Should we always obey the law of the state? Is it not our civic duty to disobey when power becomes tyranny? The Theatre Knights' production of Antigone, written by Sophocles in 441 BCE, casts a spotlight on these important questions.
Following the death of King Oedipus, his sons Eteocles and Polyneices have to rule in turn. When Eteocles refuses to give up the throne of Thebes, Polyneices attacks the city. The play opens and both brothers are dead, slain by the other’s hand.
Rule of the city has fallen to Creon, who orders that Polyneices, because of his betrayal against the city, shall be left unburied outside the city walls, condemning him to damnation. Despite the decree, Antigone, Polyneices’ sister, decides to bury her brother’s body out of love for him and in respect of divine law. But Creon has other ideas.
Theatre Knights, the drama group of The Knights of the Round Table, have decided to tackle this timeless Greek tragedy. Director Jo Prinsen explains the inspiration behind the production.
'I have seen the play performed so many times that I sometimes get annoyed at the lack of understanding and respect for this most inspiring of classics. I don't mean that this version is perfect, but I do believe in the individual characterizations I have created.'
Antigone opens at Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre September 22, showing at the Old Museum Arts Centre October 12-13 and the Waterside Theatre, Derry, October 6.
All performances begin at 8pm. Tickets are £6/£5 concession.