They met at the Greek school; Now they’re bringing ‘Antigone’ to Australia


Two Greek Australians, playwright Elena Carapetis and director Anthony Nicola, bring Western drama’s first heroine into the 21st century with a twisted and subverted version of Sophocles’ Antigone, which will premiere in South Australia this month. this.

“For me, this play is a personal and political response to the ancient Greek story of Antigone, using it as a launching pad to create something completely new for audiences. Antigone was the first person in western theater to say ‘no’ to a king and it was a young girl of 16. She was silenced and killed in the story contained in the classic Sophoclean text We live in a time when the voices of young people are still silenced, but they continue to endure and speak out when they see wrong or injustice. People like Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai to Grace Tame – these girls embody the spirit of Antigone for me,” said Ms. Carapetis. Neos Cosmos adding that the original Antigone story continues to unfold in the real world today.

“My piece reverses the lens through which we view history,” she says.

Funny, cheeky and anarchic, the kaleidoscopic production takes the fictional heroine from 441 BC and travels back in time through the ages to blow a storm through the halls of power.

Starring Chiara Gabrielli (Gorgon), Kathryn Adams (Pardon), Kidaan Zelleke (Hamlet in the Other Room) and Mark Saturno (Hibernation), the play comes to life under the direction of the resident director of State Theater Company South Australia, Anthony Nicola, on his main stage. debut director.

Anthony Nicola, who will be joined by an outstanding creative team including composer Jason Sweeney, designer Meg Wilson and lighting designer Gavin Norris, says audiences should expect the unexpected.

“The script begins with a very familiar interpretation of the play, classical and Greek. But with the staging “Two thousand years later”, it explodes and breaks into vignettes of the present, where we encounter “Antigone” of today. The show explores the enduring power of patriarchy and why the voices of young people and gay people continue to be silenced and eliminated,” says the 24-year-old Greek-Australian director who was chosen by Ms Carapetis to direct her play.

“Elena and I met in Greek school and share the same deep love for Greek tragedies. For me, these classic Greek heroines were the characters I first connected with in drama, so when Elena called me to tell me she was writing an adaptation of Antigone, it was an honor and a dream come true. I feel privileged to be involved in the project,” says Mr. Nicola whose family is from of the islands of Rhodes, Kos and Cyprus.

According to artistic director Mitchell Butel, Antigone de Carapetis dares to shake the very foundations of theatre.

“Elena’s text has the potential to charge every viewer with the spirit of Antigone. Elena wants us to get excited about the state of the world, and she wants us to go out and do something about it.

“I have been bowled over by the shows directed by our Resident Director Anthony Nicola for Flinders University and RUMPUS and am thrilled that he is making his directorial debut for the company with this kaleidoscopic, form-defying piece,” Butel said.

“In this reworking of one of the theatrical canon’s greatest works, playwright Elena Carapetis tears down the house of convention with a knowing wink. Audiences are in for a hell of a ride.”

21-year-old Greek Australian Jennifer Stefanidis is also making her assistant director debut and says she is very excited to be part of the project.

“It means so much to me to be involved in this project, mainly because growing up I had a real affection for women in Greek mythology and history.

“I’ve always admired Medea and loved all the female characters of ancient Greece for their complexity. It’s been amazing to bring cultural context and my experience to that. The piece is really important for all audiences and all identities It doesn’t demonize men. It shows how harmful the system of patriarchy can be to everyone. It’s hopeful and inspiring, but at the same time it’s hilarious and a very complete that has a lot of heart,” says Jennifer whose family is from Florina (Leptokaria) and Ioannina (Perama).

When: Until June 11

Where: Odeon Theatre, Norwood, South Australia

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