Antigone is the last of the trilogy of Theban tragedies written by Sophocles, an ancient Greek playwright, soldier and politician.
Antigone is regularly produced and I have seen it several times over the last four decades. I have most recently seen it as an adaptation directed by Mahlatsi Mokgonyana and Billy Langa. It is a clever adaptation, uniquely South African and it unpacked the narrative easily in only sixty action packed minutes. It felt shorter.
The ensemble was excellent, comprising seven young actors, Nyakallo Motloung, Jovan Muthray, Mlindeli Zondi, Campbell Meas, Star Tladi, Sanelisiwe Jobodwana, Binnie Christie, and they thrilled me throughout.
Antigone deals with the dangers of absolute rulers. This has application to all leaders who refuse to take counsel from their peers, preferring to make their own choices without opposition from anyone. The folly of tyranny.
This was all round an excellent and entertaining production. It is certainly the best Antigone I have ever seen.
The 969 Festival at Wits Theatre, Braamfontein, is curated by Gita Pather and continues until 24 July 2016.