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A classic tale of Greek tragedy given modern gangster makeover

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

Antigone tells what happens when one person stands up against the rules.

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FOLLOWING the success of the Odyssey earlier this year, Derby Theatre is presenting another Greek classic – a thrilling updated version of Sophocles' Antigone.

The show is a co-production with the highly acclaimed Pilot Theatre, in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Directed by Pilot Theatre's artistic director Marcus Romer, Antigone will premiere at Derby Theatre from Friday, September 19, until Saturday, October 4.

It will then tour the UK until Saturday, November 29, and restart in February.

Playwright Roy Williams will bring the tale up to date in a contemporary re-telling of the classic Greek tragedy, reinforcing its relevance and vitality.

When Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone's unruly brother, her anger quickly turns to defiance.

Creon condemns her to a torturous death – she's to be buried alive.

It is a timeless story about loyalty and truth, human nature and human behaviour.

What happens when one person stands up against the rules? How do we make meaning out of life and death and what, in the end, really matters?

Mr Williams said: "I was intrigued to know if it was possible to set Antigone in a world that I have written about before – the gangster culture that is too often the life of a lot of young people today.

"It has always disturbed me to hear young people say that being in a gang makes them feel powerful.

"As we all know, power does corrupt. Creon begins the play feeling all-powerful with his gang running events in Thebes.

"It is almost like he and others like him have put aside other feelings that make us human, like love, insecurity, fear and masculinity, in favour of a "live-fast, die-young mentality".

Antigone's cast will feature Doreen Blackstock as Eunice, Gamba Cole as Eamon, Savannah Gordon-Liburd as Antigone and Mark Monero as Creon.

The production is designed by Joanna Scotcher, with lighting by Alex Stafford Marshall and music by Sandy Nuttgens.

Tickets cost £10.50 to £25.50 and are available from the box office on 01332 593939 or online at www. derbytheatre.co.uk.

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