Playwright: Jean Anouilh
Adaptation: Chittaranjan Ghosh, Prof. Zia Haider, Khairul Alam Shobuj
Design & Direction: Ashim Das
First Staged on: 19th October, 2003 at Alliance Francaise Chittagong
About the playwright
Jean Anouilh was born in Bordeaux in 1910, but went to Paris when still young, began to study law, then worked for an advertising agency. In 1931 he became secretary to the actor-manager, Louis Jouvet, and his first play. “The Ermine”, was staged the following year. “Antigone” firmly established his popularity in France in 1944.
Of his many other plays, which he himself has categorized as ‘plays black’, ‘plays pink’ , ‘plays bright’ etc. the best known in English are: ‘Restless Heart’, ‘Dinner with the family’, ‘Traveler without luggage’, ‘Thieves Carnival’, ‘Romeo and Jeannette’, ‘Medea’, ‘Ardele’, ‘The Rehearsal’, ‘Colombe’, ‘The Lark’, ‘The Director of the opera’ ‘Number One’ etc.
Essence of the play
Antigone is one of Anouilh’s ‘plays black’ and is based on Sophocles’ version of the classical tragedy, where the eponymous heroine dies for the crime of offering her dead brother, the rebel Polynices, proper burial rites despite the decree by the king, Creon, that Polynices is to remain unburied and unwept.
To experiment is to make a journey into the unknown….To be avant-garde is truly to be way out in front. The essence of the theatre hidden into the live relationship of actor and audience. So, stage is the most important and strong medium for me to express an actor’s capability. The versatility of a 30/20 ft. wooden rectangular space is a wonder for me.
Theatre must attempt to create a more intense perception at the heart of our world. Theatre only exist at the precise moment when the two worlds of the actors and the audience meet: a society in miniature, a microcosm brought together every evening within a space. Theatre’s role is to give this microcosm a burning and fleeing taste of another world, in which our present world is integrated and transformed.
Adaptation : Chittaranjan Ghosh, Prof. Zia Haider, Khairul Alam Shobuj
Light, Set, Costume, Music Design : Ashim Das
Make-up : Biswajit Dasgupta Api/ Shaheenoor Sarwar
Music Control : Showmen Rudra
Set Construction : Md. Forkan
Production Controller : Hannan Sagar,AL-Noman,Khorshedul Alam, Saifur Rahman Parvej
Production Manager : Debashish Rudra
FOH : Fameans
Chorus : Farid Ahmed
Antigone : Poly Chowdhury
Nurse : Rowshan Ara Ruma
Ismene : Ankhi Majumder
Haemen : Nurul Absar/Mubidur Rahman sujat
Creon : Debashish Rudra
Demetrius : Saifur Rahman Parvej
First Guard : Abu Taleb Md. Sakib, Md. Rahat Hossen, Imtiaz Barshan
Second Guard : Suman Chowdhury
Third Guard : Raju Chowdhury /Md. Alamgir
Fourth Guard : Abdul Kader Jitu
Messenger : Suman Muhury