A Greek classic everyone can enjoy – on now
A modern translation of the classic Greek story Antigone is playing in the Studio this week. The Burial At Thebes is adapted by Seamus Heaney from the original by Sophocles.
Director Rosemary Goodman says, “Seamus Heaney’s translation is beautifully crafted. Set in verse form, it is clearly written in modern language and completely accessible to today’s audiences. In fact, for first timers, it is an ideal introduction to Greek Drama.”
The play features a Chorus, a key feature in Greek Theatre. They act as a go-between for the actors and the audience, explaining and commenting on the action. In ancient times there would be 12 to 15 masked men in the Chorus, singing, dancing, chanting and playing music between the scenes.
“The Chorus are still very much in evidence” explains Rosemary, “but will be unmasked men and women who represent the local community. They won’t be dancing or singing. Heaney’s beautifully crafted verse is music in itself.”
The Burial At Thebes will run for approximately 1 hour 20 minutes without an interval.
Performances take place from Friday 9th to Saturday 10th October at 8pm, on Sunday 11th October at 2.30pm, and from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th October at 8pm.
Tickets can be ordered online here.