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Briefly outline and justify your casting decisions for Antigone and Ismene and then explain how you would direct your actors in their first appearance together in order to convey your interpretation of their relationship at this stage in the play

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´╗┐Briefly outline and justify your casting decisions for Antigone and Ismene and then explain how you would direct your actors in their first appearance together in order to convey your interpretation of their relationship at this stage in the play I am choosing to set Antigone in a police state. Thebes will be a country under civil unrest, with Creon and his family fighting for the state apart from Polyneikes who is fighting for the citizens of Thebes and is a part of the anikist group called Argos. Antigone tells her sister that she is going to go against Creon, who I would have as a general, and bury her brother. The stage should be end on with no staging bar a backdrop showing high fences with barbed wire on the top along with two security cameras on the stage corners attached to the ceiling that focus upon the centre of the stage occasionally moving slightly to the left or right Security cameras Ismone and Antigone should be of a similar height and build with dark hair to show there relation. ...read more.

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This is already shown through the attempt to persuade Antigone to re think her action I would exaggerate this logical characteristic by The way in which she says ?there is no sense in the excessive gesture?, not only does this utterance show that she is concerned about her position within the military compound but I would direct the actress playing Ismone to emphasise the words ?no sense?. By doing this she is showing that going against the law of the land is something of which she is not used to. Throughout the scene I would direct the actress playing Ismone to speak in a quick manner to show her discomfort in the situation. Her discomfort contrasts Antigone?s determined attitude to defy Creon. I would show this discomfort not only through the pacing of the words but by having the actress seeming as if she was on edge. She would do this by constantly looking around and moving as the security cameras turn towards them whilst she is reasoning with Antigone. ...read more.

Conclusion

To further show this family connection I would have the actress playing Antigone emphasise the word ?we? by raising her voice slightly and gesturing to herself and Ismone. This is important in showing that Antigone truly believes that what she is doing is right. In contrast to Antigone?s love for her immediate family, Ismone is more concerned with her uncle, who is representing the city, so is in control of this military compound. She remains adamant throughout on her actions in that she won?t ?betray? Creon? this is shown when she says ?I cannot act against the city?. The shows a similarity in characters in that they both are strongly opinionated and both will stay strong to their word. In conclusion, I want to portray a sisterly relationship via the empathetic delivery lines by Ismone and also a similarity of character through the characters both being strong willed and self-certain. This will help to convey my interpretation of their relationship at this stage in the play to the audience that will have already been made apparent through the physical qualities of the actresses. ...read more.

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