Antigone – a landmark of modern theatre

One of the permanent landmarks of modern theatre, Antigone, by Jean Anouilh, plays Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday 13th June. The newly formed North-West company Splodar, which is based in The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, explores the nuances, emotions and conflicts of this masterpiece using a brilliant English translation of Anouilh’s fluent language. The leading roles of Antigone and Creon are played by Mary Morris and Roddy Quinn. Róisín Kilcoyne, Wayne O Connor, Deirdre O Meara-Ryan and Elayne O Hara take the roles of the Chorus, Jonas, the Nanny and Ismene respectively. Also taking part are Frank McGinley, Paul Fox, Fionn Ryan and Erris Gallagher. Mary Morris, a native of Elphin, was a member of Cornmill’s All-Ireland winning production, Belfry in 1998. She has since played leading roles for Beesneez and the Glens Players. She gave an unforgettable performance as Lizzie Boles in the award-winning At the Black Pig’s Dyke which toured to Denmark in 2006. Roddy Quinn has done most of his work with the well-known Coolera company. Last year he was a member of the cast which toured to Chicago with John B Keane’s classic, Sive. Deirdre O Meara-Ryan, one of the region’s leading actresses, received her early training in the Gaiety School of Acting and she has had roles in productions in both the Gate and Olympia theatres. Design is by artist and musician Dee Armstrong, who plays violin with the internationally acclaimed group Kila. Production manager is Luke McGinley with stage management in the hands of Irene Ryan and Betty Duignan. Antigone is directed by Prin Duignan whose most recent work includes, Philadelphia Here I Come!, At the Black Pig’s Dyke, Our Town and Dancing at Lughnasa. He has previously directed for Pegasus, Silver Apples and Everyman. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience and enjoy the work of one the great world dramatists of the twentieth century.