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'How would you direct the confrontation between Creon and Haemon.'

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'How would you direct the confrontation between Creon and Haemon.' As a director, I would direct this scene to express the immediate arrogance of Creon and the noble and loving nature of Haemon. I would show this with light, space, and sound. At the start of the scene, Creon is in the throne room with his advisors and Haemon enters, immediately Creon questions Haemon's intent as he knows of the controversy that Haemon might (and does) object to. Creon at this point would be seated in his throne above Haemon this would show his authority over him, not just as a father but also as a king. ...read more.

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This should show to the audience Creon's power over him. This same power is also be inflicted upon the chorus, whom I shall make interact with the characters as advisors to Creon, they are however not in favour of his tyranny, and I would have them try to waiver his actions away from sentencing Antigone to death. They are however trying to do this and preserve their own lives and so are not overt in their beliefs; they hint on it and merely reinforce Haemon's intentions. They back him up without appearing to be on his side. I would also have the actors show their characters qualities with voice, the voice of Creon must be booming and slightly pompous in nature; one could base it loosely on an 'Imperial Britain Army Major'. ...read more.

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It should not however be melodramatic; it could only work as a realistic piece. Later on in this scene, Haemon rebels against his father in a heated dispute. I would show Haemon's newfound power by reversing the lighting from Creon to Haemon. This should show to the audience hw the power and control is changed. Such pivotal moment is the scene where Haemon threatens Creon and in my eyes as a director ridicules Creon, he conjures up courage and attacks Creon with the remark that Creon's actions are tyranny and that he should be the ruler of a deserted hostile island. In conclusion as I director I would direct this scene using the conventions of space, proximities, light and sound to show to the audience the tyranny and arrogance of Creon and the good and sane mind of Haemon. ...read more.

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