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Classic play provides food for thought

posted 17 Mar 2015, 19:47 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 17 Mar 2015, 19:48 ]
Tragic heroes, death, civil disobedience, sisterly love, betrayal, and despair: Waikato Diocesan School for Girls’ adaptation of the Greek Tragedy Antigone has it all. The challenge of making Sophocles 2,500 year old classic drama relevant to teenagers of today has fallen to drama teacher, Tanya Gould, who is directing the multi-media adaptation which runs 24, 25 and 26th March. 

Tanya explains that the play focuses on a heroine who recognizes her family duty. Central character Antigone fights for her right to bury her brother Polyneikes, against her Uncle Creon’s command. The intricate plot develops from here. 

“Antigone is the daughter of the famous Oedipus Rex," says Tanya. “Our play begins with Antigone’s brothers - Polynices and Eteocles. They are to share the running of the city of Thebes, but they cannot do so and therefore go to war, each killing the other. Creon then becomes King but will not have Polynices buried as he is the one who attacks Thebes.”

Tanya says that her hope is that this provocative play will leave the audience wondering, who acts most correctly – Creon (played by Ashley Hayes) or Antigone (played by Keeha Oh).

“Two protagonists, both headstrong, both with relevant concerns. The play is filled with moral conflict between an individual’s conscience and the voice of lawful authority which forbids that conscience to act.”

Tanya says a cast of 50 have worked incredibly hard to bring this exciting production together in a very tight time frame, not to mention the many more talented students and staff behind the scenes. 

“The graphic design, videography, costumes and hair and make-up has been led by students this year,” say Tanya. “Year 12 student Kaitlin Thornton has been the costume designer under the mentoring of design teacher Amy Jansen-Leen and has done a fabulous job with a very large cast."

Waikato Diocesan School’s Production of Antigone runs 24, 25, 26 March at the Nancy Light Hall, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.
Adults $20.00, Students $10.00 are available from the School Shop – phone  07 8552038 extn 2797.