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August 8th - August 10th
Malvern Theatres Young Company presents
by kind permission of The Estate of Don Taylor
Antigone by Sophocles
Translated by Don Taylor
Directed by Nic Lloyd
Behold the clash and interweaving of human passions and failings in this, the story of one sister’s loyalty to her two brothers. Antigone is amongst the most celebrated plays ever written and, using Don Taylor’s translation originally commissioned by the BBC, Malvern Theatres Young Company offer a production which promises to present its heroine as cultural archetype. Antigone herself has become a symbol of personal integrity and an icon of political freedom, whilst her co-protagonist Creon can be interpreted as either a civic saviour or a ruthless tyrant. The play has served as a theoretical stage for reflection on a variety of ideas and audiences will recognise the conflicts and ambivalence seen as endemic to the modern condition. They will be left to draw their own parallels between the society they know and the Athens of 2500 years ago.
Malvern Theatres Young Company was formed by Nic Lloyd in 2012 with the aim of giving aspiring young performers aged 16-24 the opportunity to work in a professional theatre environment. They have performed 9 productions in 6 years and have been praised for their outstanding drama and storytelling and for the dynamic and poignant way they bring narratives to life. Emily Henry (Antigone) and Toby Burchell (Creon) will follow their ‘moving and convincing’ (behind the arras) performances as Elizabeth & John Proctor in last year’s production of The Crucible.
Recommended age 12+
Antigone will open in Malvern before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe for six performances at theSpace on the Mile: 13th-18th August.
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Production Photos by Louise Thomas
I've never seen a Greek tragedy before but have seen a lot of theatre and do not believe this could have been done better at any level. The direction and acting was first class. I was utterly transfixed all the way through. The pacing was spot on and the play never lost its grip on me. Why don't we see more Greek tragedies performed? The format with the masked chorus is so powerful!
I wish the cast all the very best at the Edinburgh fringe.
Utterly Incredible! I was on my feet by the end, the fact they pulled it off in only 2 weeks of rehearsals was an amazing achievement and they should be so proud! Ive never seen anything like it and it was amazing. The raw emotion and power from Mr Burchell as Creon was astounding, you could see the pain in his face as he condemned Antigone, played by Miss Emily Henry, was so vivid and real. I particularly loved the Soldier, played by Mr Rhys Harris-Clarke, and his sly digs at Creon which really gave the piece a new lease of life, i met the young man at the end and he was extremely friendly and polite. His comic timing was second to none and helped move the story on. Special metions also to the chorus as a whole, a very eerie look with the masks, Haemon played by Mr Jason Johns who you could see like with Creon the pin on his face when seeing his father has condemned his love to death, and to none other than Antigone, which Miss Henry truly delivered, giving a gripping performance that blew me away. I wish the whole cast luck in Edinburgh and in all their future endeavours.
Having seen this excellent production in Malvern, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As an example of what young people’s theatre can produce, this is a must-see show. To be able to see so powerful and pertinent a play as this performed by such an admirably skilful young company is a rare treat. There are no weak links, but Emily Henry as Antigone and Tony Burchell as Creon are particularly fine, both demonstrating astonishing maturity and exceptional vocal technique. The quality of the choric speaking is quite outstanding - essential in any Greek tragedy, of course, but all too rare to see. Nic Lloyd’s meticulous direction brings out some astonishing performances from these young actors and I sincerely hope that agents and casting directors will be among the audience in Edinburgh.