15:00, Tue 17th – Thu 19th June 2008 at Pembroke Gardens
Easter May Week
"I spit on your happiness! I spit on your idea of life - that life that must go on, come what may. I want everything of life, I do, and I want it now! I want it total, complete; otherwise I reject it! I will not be moderate."
It's May Week, garden parties abound: come to one with a dark twist in the Pembroke Gardens. As the cast sip champagne and eat strawberries, a tragic tale is unfolding on a golden summer afternoon. A heroine desperate to die for what she believes in confronts a monarch who has no time for tragic destiny. Politics struggle with principle and ideas of happiness conflict in a dramatic encounter on the library lawn. Meanwhile a doomed love story plays out the irrationality of youth and the compromises of age. Jean Anouilh's Antigone explores the nature of tragedy and catharsis, bringing it out of Ancient Greece and into our daily lives.