Classic plays at the Hexagon Theatre Antigone The Island Woza Albert!

2015-04-29 09:23

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Hexagon Theatre will showcase a play, Antigone, on 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 May at 6.30pm.

On 12 May there will be a special performance at 10am.

Based on Anouilh’s adaptation of the original text by Sophocles, and directed­ by Louise Buchler, the play explores themes of familial love versus­ duty to the state and presents audiences with a prime example of how antiquity and modernity meet - most pertinently in the character of Antigone, who remains a symbol of feminine revolt.

Produced by the Hexagon Theatre, the title role of Antigone is played by Sade Wagner, alongside Nicolas Hughes­ as Creon. They are supported by Francis Mennigke, Tanya Nicolson, Erin Fourie, Shivani Hariparsad and Edward Pepperell.

Sophocles and Jean Anouilh use the simple storyline of a girl defying her uncle and king in the face of death to reflect upon the events and attitudes of their days.

Sophocles’s Antigone models the classical pattern of tragedy by incorporating key elements such as a tragic hero with a fatal flaw and the man-God-society triangle. Creon is the tragic hero who disturbs the natural harmony of Thebes by denying Polyneices­ a funeral. Antigone is the catalyst who forces him to reckon with the consequences of his pride and arrogance.

In the 20th century, Anouilh takes Sophocles’s drama, strips it down to its core, and weaves a slightly different version of the story.

The dialogue between Creon and Antigone is more forceful in Anouilh’s than in Sophocles’s play. The verbal combat and the powerful debate between these two characters is thrilling.

Tickets are R45 per person for school block bookings and there will be one free ticket for teachers per 20 pupils.

There will be a special double bill on Antigone and another play, The Island­, on Wednesday 13 May at 6:30pm. Tickets are R80.

For bookings, email hexagon @ukzn.ac.za

THE Island will be showcased on 13 and 15 May at the Hexagon Theatre at 8.15pm and 6.30pm respectively.

John and Winston are two prisoners on Robben Island, bound by ideology, proximity, shackles and a deep affection. As they rehearse Antigone for the prison concert, John learns that his release is imminent; Winston is a lifer. This classic South African play by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona balances hope and despair as it exposes the depths of cruelty and inhumanity while affirming the dignity and courage of the human spirit. Under the direction of Peter Mitchell, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande deliver riveting performances of this South African classic. Tickets are R45/pp for schools.

WOZA Albert! will be at the Hexagon Theatre on 14 May at 6.30pm and tickets are R45/pp for schools.

This classic of South African theatre asks what would happen if Christ (Morena) came back to 1980’s apartheid South Africa. The show is primarily a satire that highlights the absurdities of apartheid and displays the talents of two dextrous actors, TQ Zondi and Mpilo Nzimande, who play a range of ordinary characters on the street. Directed by Peter Mitchell, the show looks back after 20 years of democracy and reminds us of the tragic lunacy that was apartheid, as well as the continued search for compassionate, intelligent and humane leadership. This production hopes to recreate a theatrical period in our history, as well as look back from a new perspective at what changed the face of poor theatre worldwide

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