Gone is a modern reworking of Sophocles' Antigone. This effort by Glyn Cannon places the story in the world of politics, with Creon's every move watched and advised by his group of spin doctors.
of Polyneices is locked away in a mortuary, to be used as part of a publicity
stunt created by Creon's team. However before Creon's plan gets underway the
body is stolen by Antigone.
state of mourning and loss she hides the body in a box in her room. The smell
of rotten flesh begins to fill the room and the lungs of everyone who enters
as the story unfolds.
very simple set and few props the show glides along nicely, with scene changes
covered by film footage of the fly-ridden rotting body of Polyneices; footage
that makes some of the audience look away and intrigues others.
a number of strong and impressive performances, with the best coming from
Julie Hickman as Antigone and Nigel Hastings as Creon. There is also good
comic support from the three spin doctors Simon Poole, Tom Davey and Richard
Eurydice, the wife of Creon, Miranda Cook was just an empty shell, entering
every scene with the same blank expression on her face.
a slick modern take on a classic tale - but it does rely on its audience being
familiar with the story of Antigone. The script doesn't provide many clues
for the uninitiated about the events, deaths and family troubles of Sophocles'
enjoyable with some good solid performances and nice touches of satire. If
you know the old go see the new.
(c) Wayne Miller 2004. For syndication rights, please email.
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