Actors of Dionysus | English Regional Tour

14 September - 27 November 2017

Director: Tamsin Sasha
Associate Director: Deirdre Daly
Cast: Nathalie Barclay, Will Bridges, Crystal Brown, Holly Georgia, Nicholas Cass-Beggs
Designer: Helen Coyston | Sound Designer: Matt Eaton | Lighting Designer: Charlotte McClelland
Photo credit: Alex Brenner for Actors of Dionysus

**** Making Greek tragedies accessible to a modern audience can be hard work but playwright Christopher Adams and Brighton based Actors of Dionysus have risen to this challenge. Aiming to ‘make magic from myth’ they have successfully adapted the Sophocles tragedy, Antigone, breathing new life into this classic tale.
— BroadwayBaby
****Adapted by Christopher Adams from Sophocles’ original play of the same name, this version of Antigone not only brings the story up to date but even moves the action into a dystopian future where rulers rule outright and surveillance is a regular part of daily life with drones in the air observing the populace and ensuring that they obey their leader. I have to say, as an idea it really works well. The traditional Greek Chorus is gone, replaced by the City Archives – a voice-operated computer retrieval system, sort of the lovechild of Siri and Alexa – which contains all the information the users require....A really enjoyable show that has whetted my appetite for more Greek tragedies in the future.
— London Theatre 1
Adams has also done a fantastic job of making the story accessible to people who are newbies to the Classics while remaining true to the original.
— A Younger Theatre
...a moment of synthesis is distilled like clear water in Christopher Adams’s new take.
— Yorkshire Times
In regards to power outside the world of politics, I watched this Christopher Adams adaptation of Sophocles’ play the week ugly stories were emerging in the press, concerning the victimisation of women in Hollywood at the hands of a male with substantial influence. Each audience member was viewing this Antigone at a time when power in the wrong hands was a hot topic of conversation, and the show felt all the more pertinent for it.

Tour Venues

Square Chapel, Halifax | Norwich Playhouse | Harlow Playhouse | Redbridge Drama Centre | Bradfield College | 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol | Hertford Theatre | Millfield Theatre, Edmonton | Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds | Uppingham School, Rutland | Sandpit Theatre, St Albans | Bridge House Theatre, Warwick | Layard Theatre, Canford | Downside School, Somerset | Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis | The Lowry, Salford | Queen's Hall Hexham | Key Theatre, Peterborough | The Roses, Tewkesbury | The Blake Theatre, Monmouth | Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes | Cornerstone, Didcot | Greenwich Theatre | Mumford Theatre, Cambridge | Cranbrook School | Theatre Royal, Margate | Brewhouse, Burton on Trent | Malvern Theatre | Edge Hill University, Ormskirk | Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham | CHarter Theatre, Preston | Macready Theatre, Rugby | Auden Theatre | Theatre Royal, Winchester | Roedean School, Brighton | Gulbenkian, Canterbury