Nairobi performing arts studio and Alliance Francaise present Antigone. A French play adapted by Gadwill Odhiambo and inspired by the Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

Performed by The Nairobi Performing Arts Studio
Alliance Française Auditorium

On the occasion of the 2024 International Women’s Day
(Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress)

Antigone: “You are the President you can do almost anything…. except stop me or save me”

Following the successful presentation of ‘Mstinji – The Misier’ by Molière in 2022 and ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ by Edmond Rostand last year, this year’s production is adapted from the play ‘Antigone’ by the French dramatist, Jean Anouilh, and inspired by the Greek tragedy of the same name.

Inspired by acts of the French Resistance, Jean Anouilh’s Antigone was first performed in 1944, when France was still occupied by Nazi Germany. The play is famed for its seemingly ambiguous portrayal of the authority figure, Creon, as he confronts authority- defying martyr, Antigone and address’s themes of civil disobedience, morality, loyalty, authority, gender, and destiny.

In this 2024 version by directors Stuart Nash and Wakio Mzenge, the action has been moved to present day Nairobi for relevance and the emphasis has shifted so Antigone also represents oppressed women across the world, in the same way she was seen to represent the French Resistance in the 1944 version. Some of the characters have been changed from male to female to enhance the women’s role in the play so all the major dramatic roles are female in this Kenyan adaptation. Creon (King of Thebes) has become Koron: first female President of Kenya. The dialogue has also been updated and made relevant to a modern, young Kenyan audience with the dialogue principally in English and Swahili, whilst retaining some French and including Sheng.  Antigone is played by Lorna Lemi, a leading Kenyan actress, who is the voice of the people, the voice of Wanjiku, a change maker.

Antigone - French Play Inspired by Greek Tragedy
Antigone – French Play Inspired by Greek Tragedy Adapted for Kenya

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