Antigone

It is my first time working with these actors and I would just like to say how lovely it has been doing so. Their interest and enthusiasm is why I love drama and love working with those who also share this passion.

This half term we have been working on Greek Theatre. We have focused on exaggeration so that the Greek audience would know what emotions the characters were trying to express, from the top of the amphitheatre. But mostly we have focused on chorus. The problems of chorus lie in the fact that so many voices speaking together can become ‘drone’ like, with the same tone, volume and pitch being used for all the lines. We have worked especially hard on combating this danger, as well as adding movement.

Antigone has been our stimulus, a story that is truly tragic. Briefly there has been a war between 2 brothers in Thebes after their father, the king dies. Both brothers die in battle and their uncle, Creon takes over as king. He supported one of the brothers so decrees that the other
brother be left to rot on the battle field which is an insult to the Gods. The brother’s sister Antigone defies her uncle and buries her brother. Creon is angry about this and sentences her to death. His son, Antigone’s boyfriend, pleads for her life but is refused so kills himself too. Creon’s wife after hearing that her son is dead then kills herself leaving Creon to live with the fact that his stubbornness has destroyed his
family. Our work today focuses on the chorus and how they would have narrated the story and commented on the situations too. It is however just a snap shot of what the chorus would of done in a Greek play.

We hope you like it and get the sense of what a Greek chorus does!!