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Antigone
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Antigone

Sophocles (adapted by Owen McCafferty)
 
Both Antigone’s brothers lie dead, having killed each other in single combat, one attacking Thebes, the other defending the city. Creon, ruler of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Polyneices, because he was the attacker. Antigone is determined to bury him. The resulting conflict ends in a bloodbath of suicides.

Irish playwright Owen McCafferty’s new version of this ancient story closely follows Sophocles, but the language is tough and modern allowing parallels with today’s Realpolitik to emerge through the Ancient Greek values that underlie the original.



Cast : 6M, 3F +extras
Nick Hern Books  | 978-1-84842-017-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Antigone
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Antigone

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Sophocles (adapted by Eamon Flack)
 

Polyneices and Eteocles, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes’ civil war, have both been killed in battle. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles will be honoured and Polyneices disgraced. The rebel brother’s body will not be sanctified by holy rites, and will lay unburied to become the food of carrion animals. Defying Creon’s edict Antigone buries her brother and in so doing unleashes a terrible tragedy.


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  • What a great piece of theatre! The adaptation by Eamon Flack retains the power of the original, while making it not so much up to date, as timeless. -  ArtsHub
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Cast : 4M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-880-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Antigone
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Antigone

Adapted by Jane Montgomery Griffiths

Sophocles
 

Antigone has always been a respected member of her community but in civil war all bets are off. She suddenly finds herself on the outside looking in. Everyone has a right to bury their dead. Everyone has a right to give their loved ones a dignified resting place. Yet when the community leaders decide that they need to set an example, they deny Antigone her right to mourn. Faced with the prospect of unresolved grief, she rebels against everything she knows. Her fate is mandated: either fall in line or be outcast forever.


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Author

DR JANE MONTGOMERY GRIFFITHS is Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University, and former Convenor of Monash's Classical Studies Program. She combines academic research and teaching with professional practice as a theatre maker. She has had an extensive career as an actor both in Australia and the UK, performing with theatres including the RSC, Cambridge Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company and Belvoir. As a writer, her plays include Saphho...in 9 fragments (nominated for the Victorian and NSW Premiers' Literary Awards), An Ox Stand on my Tongue (Winner of an R E Ross Award and PWA development place) and Sectioned (ABC RN).
Cast : 3F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-559-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Antigone
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Antigone

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Sophocles
 

The first great 'resistance' drama – and one of the most definitive Greek tragedies.

Creon, the King of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Antigone's brother because he was put to death as a traitor to the crown. Despite being engaged to Creon's son Haemon, Antigone disobeys the King and buries her brother. Enraged, Creon condemns Antigone to death and buries her alive in a cave. The prophet Teiresias warns Creon against such rash actions, and eventually Creon relents – but when he goes to release Antigone it is too late: she has already hanged herself.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald. Also available in Greek Tragedy.

Cast : 5M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-200-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Electra
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Electra

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Sophocles
 

A tragic tale of duty, retribution and fate where, in Sophocles' version, Electra is the focus rather than her brother Orestes. Electra's mother Clytemnestra, and Clytemnestra's lover Aegisthus, have murdered her father, King Agamemnon upon his return from the Trojan Wars. To avenge their crime, Electra must commit one even worse and face the inevitable consequences.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.




Cast : 7M, 2F, + chorus & extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-756-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Electra
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Electra

Sophocles (adapted by Nick Payne)
 
Witness the horror and intrigue of Sophocles tragic masterpiece Electra in this haunting new version by award-winning playwright Nick Payne.

When a young Electra’s father is murdered by her mother, her world changes irrevocably. Ten years on, bound by grief and unwilling to forgive, Electra surrenders to an all consuming desire for revenge that propels her toward a bloody and terrifying conclusion.

This new adaptation of a classic play blends live music, text and movement to create a bruising experience that you’ll be sure to remember.

Review
Nick Payne’s urgent new version of Sophocles'  Electra  is another in a long line of boundary breaking offerings…. Payne [is] one of our brightest new playwrights… Electra-fying -  The Evening Standard  



Cast : 2M, 4F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-061-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Greek Tragedy: Three Plays
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Greek Tragedy: Three Plays

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides / Sophocles
 

Three of the most famous tragedies from Ancient Greece, all featuring female protagonists collected together in modern, much-performed translations.

Antigone by Sophocles, the first great 'resistance' drama in which Antigone and Creon lock horns over the burial of her brother.

Bacchae by Euripides, in which a son is torn to pieces by his own mother at the whim of Dionysos, during the famous women-only Bacchanalian ritual.

Medea  by Euripides telling the powerful myth of Medea, who murders her children to revenge her husband's infidelity.

The volume contains an extensive introduction, including biographical notes and suggestions for further reading. Click on links above for individual editions of each play.


Cast : Antigone - 5M, 3F + plus chorus; Bacchae - 17M, 1F + chorus & extras; Medea - 5M, 2F + chorus & children
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-847-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Oedipus
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Oedipus

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Sophocles
 

Oedipus has been made King of Thebes as gratitude for ridding its people of the pestilence of the riddling Sphinx, as well as the hand of Queen Jokasta, bride to the late King Laius. When another pestilence descends upon the city, Jokasta's brother Kreon seeks out the oracle for help, who tells Kreon that when old King Laius' murderer is found, the city will again be well. Oedipus sends for the prophet Teiresias, who, under duress, names Oedipus as the killer. Jokasta, thinking to defend her husband, explains that seers aren't always reliable. She cites an old prophecy in which her son would kill his father and go on to have children with his mother, pointing out that she averted this by abandoning her baby boy after his birth. Besides which, Laius was killed by robbers on his way to Delphi. It is then that Oedipus remembers that, when fleeing his home of Corinth to escape a similar prophecy, he robbed and killed a man matching Laius' description...

Translated and Introduced by Kenneth McLeish



Cast : 7M, 1F + extras and chorus
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-610-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Suppliants / AjaxAjax
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Suppliants / AjaxAjax

Translated by James Kerr

Aeschylus/Sophocles
 
Two Greek masterpieces:

Suppliants
Aeschylus challenges us to witness the emotional cost of exile and, in doing so, helps us to understand a contemporary issue. In some of the most opulent and purely lovely choral odes ever written, he describes the fate of the daughters of Danaus as they beg for asylum in Argos. 

Ajax
Describes the madness and death of one of the great Greek heroes of the Trojan wars, having fallen foul of the Gods.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-105-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB