Antigone explores the aftermath of a country’s civil war and the internal conflict that arises within a state supposedly at peace.
Antigone’s brothers Eteocles and Polyneices have fought and killed each other in a battle for the kingship of Thebes. Their uncle and successor, Creon, decrees King Eteocles body shall be buried, but the traitor Polyneices will be left on the field of battle. Antigone defies this order, and in doing so, is condemned to death.
This interpretation of the play is set in 1970’s Northern Ireland, shortly after the Falls Curfew, and focuses on the terrible consequences, tensions and infighting that arise within opposing groups.