A twist on a classic story is always popular, so it was refreshing to see Year 10 Acting students at BOA take on Sophocles’ Antigone, revitalising it in the form of A Greek Chorus Line. Antigone is only one of a few classic plays to have a female in the leading role and Lucy Foley took this challenge on confidently. With a captivating stage presence, she delivered every line with conviction and passion.
The plot itself is a tragic one, as Antigone strives to bury her deceased brother, who is looked upon as a traitor. The law states that anyone who is seen to mourn a traitor’s death will be punished by death. Upon attempting to bury her brother she is taken before Creon who locks her up in a tomb.
Luke Maltby assuredly took on the role of Creon, handling the maturity of his character well. His son, Haimon, was excellently played by George David, who turns against his father when he learns of Antigone's punishment. David's characterisation was superb, capturing the fiery temper of Haimon, which was matched well with Maltby’s dour exterior. A special mention also to Oliver Ferguson, who sprinkled the intense performance with touches of humour in his chorus role.
The entire chorus delivered engaging performances and it was clear much hard work had been put into this show. For this particular interpretation, the chorus sections were re-written by the company to reflect the young people in the show and this was executed well by the cast and admirably directed by Tom Saunders (Senior Youth Theatre Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Through the help of sound and lighting, the sparse space was used effectively and atmospherically, making for a powerful production.
A Greek Chorus Line plays at The Old Rep Theatre until Thursday 9 July. For more information and to book tickets click here.
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