Jean Anouilh’s version of Sophocles’s Antigone was first produced under the German occupation of France, and it is during this period, transferred to the United Kingdom, that ETC’s adaptation locates the action of the play. Little of the classical myth is altered but the costumes, which are sumptuous nonetheless. A violin accompaniment at the opening and close adds a melancholy beauty to events, and a scene featuring Antigone and her guard shortly before she is consigned to her fate provides a touch of light humour. This is a respectable production that makes the most of a large cast, and though it does not offer a particularly original slant on the myth, it remains strong, engaging and well performed.
The Space on the Mile, 3-11 Aug (not 5), 1.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Colette M Talbot]