• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'How would you perform the role of Antigone in her final appearance of the play and what effects would you hope to create for the audience?'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'How would you perform the role of Antigone in her final appearance of the play and what effects would you hope to create for the audience?' I would choose a thrust stage format for the final appearance of Antigone. This would bring the audience into the action and allow the chorus to be divided around the stage. An aisle running in the middle of the audience will suffice for her grand entrance and exit. I would dress Antigone in simple sand coloured dress wearing no shoes or sandals and her hair worn up, out of her face so the world can see that she is for real and not ashamed of her actions. The bare feet would symbolise Antigone going back to her roots while the simple cloth proves how she no longer needs or cares about material belongings. At the beginning of this scene Antigone would enter from the back of the hall, up through the centre aisle to the stage. She would be at the centre of a group of soldiers with her hands tied together by ropes held by the soldiers. This entrance will give the impression of sincerity to the audience showing how important the crime she committed was in the eye of the law. ...read more.

Middle

I would emphasize the words 'Beat', 'doomed', wasted and died' and finally 'such is the sleep I shall go to'. This will add to the image of how hideous death will be and arouse pity from the audience. Group A from the chorus will speak the following stanza only to add variation to the speeches. It would be spoken slowly and carefully at Antigone to make sense of her response, 'Mockery, mockery!' The guards would still be marching on the spot, tugging roughly every so often on the ropes showing no pity towards her. Antigone would react by stumbling and resisting , but no mercy will be shown encouraging the arousing of pity for her. As Antigone I would speak with anger at the chorus as I cried out 'O lordly sons of my city!..' as if cursing them. 'No friend to weep at my banishment..' would be spoken with a realisation of how lonely her life has been and how cold her death shall be, again arousing pity. The chorus group to Antigones' left would say, 'My child you have gone your way to the outermost limit..' as if being the word of the truth and reasoning. 'This is the expiation you must make...' will be spoken altogether to emphasize that how the curse of her family has affected her. ...read more.

Conclusion

The pace would be slow and dream-like until 'O but I would not have done the forbidden thing...' which would be spoken with determination and conviction. I would angrily question 'What law of heaven have I transgressed?' proving I had done no wrong in the eyes of God whereas 'What god (pause) can save me now?' would be spoken slowly, arms and head lifted to the sky, proving that there was no other fate but death and how no one can save her now. The lights would slowly lift as the rest of the cast become unfrozen. The chorus would begin their line in unison,' Still the same tempest heart..' as the guards slowly march Antigone down the steps off the theatre. Creon would be standing, arms folded, legs hip-width apart conveying solidarity as he says 'Indeed there is no more to hope for.' Antigones' exit would be similar of that to her entrance yet she would be followed by a spotlight until the end of her lines where there would be a final blackout. Her head would be raised though conveying how she is no longer afraid emphasizing admiration. As Antigone I would speak boldly emphasizing the last sentence of the stanza. '............................................because I honoured Those things that to which honour truly belongs.' On the final blackout the stage will be empty except the frozen chorus on stage which will leave a tense and anticipated atmosphere. Alex Webborn 5th December 2003 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Classics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Classics essays

  1. Form and Structure - Antigone

    Conventions of Tragedy * The conventions of tragedy came mostly from a Greek critic and thinker called Aristotle. He created the manuscript "The Poetics" which discusses what should be included in a play in order for it to qualify as tragic.In an Ancient Greek play deaths and violence would occur off stage.

  2. Throughout the play 'Antigone' there is a constant emphasis on the use and abuse ...

    Human law is usually set up by the head of a community or by the governors of the land. Officers or guards make sure that the law of the land is followed accordingly. There are people in communities that do not follow the laws that are put into effect by humans.".

  1. 'Both Antigone and Creon deserve our sympathy'. Discuss.

    For this reason, many would condemn Antigone's rash impudence. When Antigone speaks with her sister Ismene, the audience feel once again that perhaps she is taking her violent passion too far. Ismene begs her to obey the law, even though she too loves her brother and would like to see him receive a proper burial.

  2. Medea - Euripides lived during the Golden Age of Athens, the city where he ...

    individual, rather than a group. It would be a mistake, however, to claim that Medea's speech elaborates a clearly progressive political message, as her concluding remarks appeal to women's natural talent for devious manipulation (line 414). While Euripides' play manifests many revolutionary political sentiments, its social criticisms remain sporadic, forming

  1. The role of deception in much ado about nothing by william shakespeare

    In the second half of act 4 scene one Benedick and Beatrice are alone. In this part there is a sudden swing from the harsh tones Shakespeare used into a gentler, tender scene where Benedick and Beatrice show their love for each other.

  2. Development of my character Creon in the scene with scene with Antigone.

    increased audience interaction whilst also showing how confident Creon is in what he's saying. During rehearsals, I worked on the walk I was to adopt for the part of Creon, level paced footsteps and a straight back to show his sense of pride and authority.

  1. Trying to Make Sense of It all

    Others are anthropomorphic, like "Eros" who had a human form and was said to be the "loveliest of all the Immortals." All of the twelve immortals were created with a purpose which was to give a reason of how the cosmos came to be.

  2. Pericles and Athens in the 5th century BC

    fights in the front line"), built between 450 BC and 448 BC. The base was 1.50 m high, while the total height of the statue was 9 m. The goddess held a lance whose gilt tip could be seen as a reflection by crews on ships ,and a giant shield on the left side.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work