The newly refurbished Square Chapel Arts Centre, has been selected as the venue to host Actors of Dionysus’ world premiere of Antigone
World Premiere – Thursday 14 September, 8pm
2nd performance – Friday 15 September, 7.30pm
The newly refurbished Square Chapel Arts Centre in the heart of Halifax, has been selected as the venue to host the world premiere of Antigone by the Actors of Dionysus (aod) on Thursday 14 September at 8pm, with a second performance on Friday 15 September at 7.30pm.
David McQuillan, Director of Square Chapel Arts Centre said: “I am delighted our first big theatre production this season is Antigone, in partnership with Actors of Dionysus. I particularly wanted them back for our opening season as, when I started working here, 14 years ago, that was the first show I came to see here at Square Chapel, realising what an incredible place it was, and even more so now with the new cultural quarter.”
This blistering new adaptation begins in the aftermath of a violent battle for the control of Thebes. Antigone’s two brothers, Polynices and Eteocles, have both died. The new ruler Creon declares that Eteocles will be honoured, while the rebel Polynices will not be buried but left in limbo to relive his death over and over again for all eternity. Antigone’s grief turns to defiance. She dares to take a stand for what she believes in and comes up against Creon’s authority.
This production combines bold ideas with passionate and visceral physical theatre. Directed by aod’s Artistic Director Tamsin Shasha and written by British-American playwright, Christopher Adams (Lynchburg and Haunts), Antigone will tour the UK from 14th September 2017, after it has premiered in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Actors of Dionysus specialise in new adaptations inspired by ancient Greek Drama and Greek myths. They have been producing and touring plays both in the UK and internationally for over 24 years. In this ground-breaking production, the company have created a dystopian Antigone inspired by Sophocles’ original play.
On adapting this Greek classic, the Director, Tamsin Shasha said “At the heart of this production is aod’s desire to challenge audience perceptions and transform ancient themes into relevant, urgent and powerful theatre. We want this intrinsic part of our dramatic heritage to remain accessible to modern audiences.”
The play features movement choreography by Ally Cologna (Brouhaha and Haste Theatre) and the music is composed by Matt Eaton (Medea, Helen with aod and The History Boys UK tour). The production is designed by Helen Coyston (Goth Weekend, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Our Mutual Friend, Hull Truck Theatre).
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