A new take on the Greek Tragedy Antigone, Aeqyitas’s new take on this old play will have you filled with emotion, from happiness to sadness and also a little confusion.
With only two weeks rehearsal and 3 actors playing 8 characters, you have to hand it to them, the professionalism they portray is just as good as if they had 8 actors on stage.
Sent in 1980’s Durham at the time of the Minors strike, the show focuses on four main characters; Antigone, Creon, Ismene and Haemon. The names not changing from the original Greek play.
Natasha Ravenscroft plays the title role in the show and as she only graduated from drama school last year (2017) she is a shining example of new British talent. She commands the stage with such energy that even when she’s not the main focus of the scene she somehow still pulls focus. the emotion she shows as Antigone, the towns hero is so raw that you forget your in such a small theatre.
Creaon, the Margot Thatcher of the show, is portrayed by Mary Tillett. Tillett is perfect in this role with such a strong presence, she has that nastiness about her when she’s delivering her campaign speech and also hatred towards Antigone which you can feel.
Last but not least I need to mention Soroosh Lavasani, he plays an array of characters with each one having it own stage presence and caractisation, he changes from character to character with ease and never loses focus of who’s who. He’s perfect as the policeman who brings some light comedy to the play.
Directed by Rachel Bellis, this play is the perfect mix of Greek Tragedy with a modern feel, however, I couldn’t help but question the songs play, although an 80’s soundtrack there was one scene with Antigone going to her death and after such a powerful song sung by the main characters and the audience, (this show does invite you to sing along), Journey played. I couldn’t help but think that scene would have been a lot stronger with out it.
I was confused when the show went up but about 10 minutes in, I caught up and could see the chemistry between the actors.
As mentioned, with only two weeks rehearsal, the cast did a really good job and just under an hour, this play is very enjoyable with some incredible acting.
Antigone is currently playing at the Bread and Roses Theatre until the 22nd September 2018.