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Antigone's fateful journey: next stop Hobart

Fawkes Theatre Company prides itself on creating new and exciting work, whether it be new scripts written by past or present University of Tasmania students or older works presented  in a contemporary style.

Fawkes’ latest production, of Sophocles' Antigone, which has recently finished a successful season in Launceston, will transfer to Hobart in August.

Performing at the Salamanca Arts Centre’s Peacock Theatre, the young cast from the School of Creative Arts will take you on a fairytale-esque journey exploring the ideas of power, love and fate.

Upon her arrival in Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that both of her brothers are dead, having killed one another in battle. Eteocles has been given a proper burial, but Antigone's uncle Creon, who has inherited the throne, has issued an edict banning the burial of Polyneices, whom he believes was a traitor. Antigone defies the law and buries her brother Polyneices, She is caught and locked away in a tomb.

The Chorus and Haemon, Creon's son and Antigone's fiancé, try to reason with Creon but their pleas fall on deaf ears. However, when visited by the prophet Tiresias, her threatening vision forces Creon to change his mind. Upon relenting, in an instance of too-late-timing, he is left in distress and sorrow.

Second-year SoCA student and first-time director Stephanie Francis has used many methods in the creation of this production, including those of Laban and Suzuki, in order to enable her cast to tell this story through both verbal and physical means. Although quite abstract at times, her aim is to give audiences a new perspective on a classic while still holding true to the original text.

Antigone will run from 9th - 10th August, 7:30pm, at the Peacock Theatre, Hobart. Tickets $15 - door sales available. For bookings contact fawkerecompany@gmail.com

Published on: 27 Jul 2017 12:04pm