About the show
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National Theatre Wales + Sherman Theatre in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales + BBC Arts
NETWORK PLAY READINGS
By Sophocles, translated by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Play Reading by PowderHouse
Directors Chelsey Gillard and Jac Ifan Moore
Next in the series of Network Play Readings, PowderHouse, the Sherman’s Company in Residence, present Sophocles’ classic tragedy: Antigone.
Thebes is on the brink; ravaged by plague and torn apart by governmental collapse following a civil war that pits brother against brother. Now at long last, a fractured peace has emerged. Heroes will be honoured. Traitors will rot unburied. The law will be upheld.
But what if obeying the law means abandoning your beliefs? Enter Antigone, daughter of ill-fated Oedipus, whose defiance threatens the stability of the entire state.
Over 2,400 years since it was first performed PowderHouse share an experimental reading to examine the fractious relationship between rulers and the ruled in a time of national crisis.
Honour the law. Honour the gods. Honour your dead.
PowderHouse is a Cardiff-based company creating international-facing theatre with a distinctly Welsh voice.
What to Expect
Antigone will be performed and streamed live, here
You will also be able to access the recording for 2 weeks following the live performances. Once available, this link will be clearly posted on our website and social media channels.
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Just so you know
Antigone contains strong language, and scenes which some viewers may find unsettling.
We don’t want to give anything away, but understand some audience members may wish to know more about the shows content. A full list of content warnings is available here, for those who wish to read them.
Age guidance 14+
Gareth Brierley and Dewi Jones
These are uncertain times for us all. The impact of Coronavirus is presenting devastating challenges for artists and theatre makers here in Wales. As a national company and as a collective of people, we are deeply aware of our role in supporting, enabling and nurturing the performance sector around us as well as offering the people of Wales the chance to connect to the stories that can unite us in shared experiences while we are kept apart. We know this is a hard time for many of us, but if you are able to consider making a donation to help us continue our work, it would be hugely appreciated. Click here to find out more about how you can support us...
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