One of these girls has just revealed how mad she is. The other has been that way since she was born.

– Antigone by Sophocles

The spring was filled with passion, tension and tragedy in the theatre. Theatre Pandora presented a beautiful and challenging production of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles. The tragic masterpiece came to life on stage through an exciting modern translation completed by Ian Johnston and directed by Tom McLaren in association with Theatre Pandora. The production ran from March 31st to April 4th, 2015 at the intimate Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive.

The story of Antigone is a beautiful and unsettling tragedy about a young woman who is forced to choose her family honour over the laws of the city. She is condemned to death for simply wanting to give her brother proper burial rituals so that he may rest peacefully among the dead. Her uncle Creon finds himself between a rock and a hard place when he is forced to execute her for civil disobedience. Fondness becomes madness  for everyone involved.

Local actor Nina Winkler took on the challenging role of Antigone with Julian Paul as the dominant Creon and CJ McGillivray as the heart wrenching Ismene. The broken family portrait was rounded out with Aidan Keane, Thomas Hodgson, Michael Berdan, Natalie Kay and Seth Gordon Little as the hilarious chorus leader. Director Tom McLaren staged an engaging political thriller with old fashioned sound design by CJ McGillivray. The play was transported from ancient Greece to a European public radio station inside the royal palace: a place where the personal and the political catastrophically collide.