Lessons on human rights from Ancient Greece

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The Antigone Collective presents a 2000-year-old play that explores human rights and a fight against oppression – Antigone by Sophocles, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 8-10 August, as part of Camden Fringe 2016.

Founded in September 2014 by University of York students and current artistic directors, Minna Jeffery and Marta Donati, their main interest is thought-provoking plays tackling complex issues related to human rights and human rights infringements.

Minna said: “Antigone was in ancient Greece but this is a fairly modern translation but it stays quite true to the original. It is about Antigone, whose brother has just been killed but the law has decreed that she cannot bury him. It is her fight to get her brother buried.

“It is so relevant today because it looks at how much dogma and rhetoric can drive how people act and what they do. In this play there is a clash between Kreon (ruler of Thebes), who believes so firmly in the law that he becomes uncompromising and allows the tragedy to unfold because of that, and Antigone who believes in the Gods and the power of them. She also allows the tragedy to happen.

“Things aren’t black and white and things are complicated. My company, the Antigone Collective, focuses on hunan rights related theatre and we picked this play because it tackles those issues. There are eight in the cast.”

Their debut production was an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, and since then they have also put on a piece of new student writing, The Eternal Future.

For more details and tickets visit www.camdenfringe.com.

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