Our talented young actors achieved a sellout success with their present-day take on a classic Greek tragedy recently.
A cast of 36 students aged from 15 to 18 won rave reviews for their production of Antigone by Sophocles, performed in the prestigious surroundings of the University of Liverpool’s Stanley Theatre. Antigone, originally written in the 5th century BC, tells the story of incompetent leader Creon who takes the wrong path due to his stubbornness and pride. His clash with the determined and headstrong girl Antigone leads to the destruction of everything they both hold dear.
For their production the St. Mary’s students updated the setting of the 2,500-year-old play to 2016 America, highlighting modern issues in the political world including the quality of leadership, and the importance of family, love and loyalty. And they were thrilled once again to work with professional theatre director David Siebert, who has just finished a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company after working on a sellout run of Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium.
Heading the impressive cast of Antigone were Georgina Duncan in the title role, Matteo Ressa as Creon, Matt Travers as Haemon, Charley Moran as Ismene and Heloise Cottrell-Boyce as Tiresias. Pupils also formed a live band to accompany the play led by Sixth Form student Josh Quinlan, who was recently offered a place to study music at Cambridge.
Nancy Moore, Head of Classics at the school, commented: “Antigone was actually the pupils’ ambitious choice of play, and they have been the driving force behind the production from beginning to end. The acting talent on display on stage was outstanding, and the students’ hard work and dedication was apparent for all to see. Over recent years St. Mary’s has acquired an excellent reputation for its modernised versions of classical Greek tragedies, and this production maintains that proud tradition.”