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Issue Details: First known date: 441 BCE... 441 BCE Antigone
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Antigone Kate Rice , 2005 single work drama This drama tells the story of a young woman who challenges the authority of her country's President and risks death.
Antigone Damien Ryan , 2017 single work drama
— Appears in: Antigone & Cyrano de Bergerac : Two Adaptions for Sport for Jove 2017;


'Antigone is a child of war, like too many in our world. She asked a simple question thousands of years ago that remains too difficult for us to answer even to this day, as so many recent events have demonstrated. What do we do with the body of a terrorist, a murderer, who has brought destruction, death and horror to our community when that terrorist is our brother. Our own flesh and blood?

'Like Hamlet, Joan of Arc, Galileo and Sir Thomas More, Antigone inspires us with her courage, fortitude and impenetrable strength of conscience. But her excess of feeling and fundamentalist zeal are hard to reconcile in a world crying out for unity, order and the rule of law in a time of chaos. Her uncle, Creon, selflessly places his state above the welfare of his family, pursuing a principle with the sort of consistency of will that we cry out for in politicians who so often stand for nothing. Where is justice between these extremes? Antigone stands against the monolith and brings her society to a reckoning it sorely needs.' (Production summary)

y separately published work icon AntigoneX Zachary Dunbar , 2018 14000526 2018 single work drama

'He loved himself. She loved her brother.

'He wants to purify his genetic line. She can live with her nature. A tragedy all queered up with science, a Clone Chorus of Bondi Boys, and a leader in red budgy smugglers who'll stop at nothing to perfect his XYs. Throw in fake sun, beach balls, a paddle pool, global warming and a cool clown called AntigoneX. Who needs catharsis in this heat?'

Source: Theatre Works.

Antigone Merlynn Tong , 2019 single work drama

'A great city has been torn apart by a civil war between two brothers. In the aftermath, both lie dead – one hailed as a hero and lying in state, the other condemned as a traitor and dumped in a carrion pile. From the ashes of their conflict rises a dystopian state under a new leader – a career politician who rose to power by dint of her ruthlessness.

'Grieving and heartbroken, their sister Antigone challenges the leader for the right to bury and mourn her dead brother with dignity, sparking a furious act of rebellion that will shake the city to its foundations.

'In this lyrical adaptation of Sophocles’ timeless tragedy, award-winning Brisbane playwright Merlynn Tong adds an urgent modern twist'.

Source: Queensland Theatre Company.


  • Sophocles is included in AustLit because of Australian-written adaptations.

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