Falkirk’s Tryst Theatre
will perform their new play Antigone
in the Stirling District round of the 2018 Scottish
Community Drama Association one-act festival.
Tryst are performing a new version of Sophocles’
Antigone by Larbert writer Kenneth
N. Ross on February 24.
He explained: “The story, written by Sophocles
in 441BC, is simple. There has been a civil war in Thebes
and Antigone’s two brothers find themselves fighting
on opposite sides in the final battle. They both die.
The one who fought for Thebes is buried with full military
honours but King Creon insists the other brother who
fought against the city is to be left unburied. But
Antigone wants to bury him as the gods require so the
scene is set for a deadly battle of wills.”
He added: “Although it was written some 2500 years
ago, it's still fresh and relevant today and the themes
are timeless – the all-powerful state versus the
defiant individual, the rule of law more important than
family and an increasingly paranoid and reckless President
showing marked signs of psychological fragility.”
Tryst’s new 45-minute version shortens the ancient
story and brings it bang up to date. It’s being
done in modern dress and twenty-first century language,
complete with mobile phones and tablets.
Director Alan Clark said: “Antigone
is Greek tragedy’s most headstrong heroine as
she brazenly defies Creon. She’s a woman on a
mission with her rebelliousness, her vulnerability and
her absolute belief that she is right.”
And he added: “As there is no Falkirk District
round this year, we’re very grateful to be welcomed
into the Stirling District festival. The town’s
Cowane Centre is a new venue for us and we’re
very much looking forward to performing there on February
Rhona McColl is the stubborn Antigone and Brian Paterson
is the iron-willed Creon. Other cast members are Craig
Aitken, Joyce Baker, Carol Clark, Alan Clark, Craig
Murray, Howard Sargeant, Brian Tripney and David Webster.
Tryst are performing at 7.30pm on Saturday February
24. Tickets are available from Stirling’s Cowane
Centre at the door on the night.