'Anouilh is a poet, but not of words: he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing' Peter Brook
Jean Anouilh, one of the foremost French playwrights of the twentieth century, replaced the mundane realist works of the previous era with his innovative dramas, which exploit fantasy, tragic passion, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and space. Antigone, his best-known play, was performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris and provoked fierce controversy. In defying the tyrant Creon and going to her death, Antigone conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance; but the author's characterisaation of Creon also seemed to exonerate Marshal Petain and his fellow collaborators. More ambivalent than his ancient model, Sophocles, Anouilh uses Greek myth to explore the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times.
Commentary and notes by Ted Freeman.
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Review: AntigoneUser Review - Deborah Cater - Goodreads
I was not looking forward to reading this version of Sophocles' play as I often find that re-writes are not as good as the original. Trepidation grew after I had read the introduction - Anouilh had ... Read full review
Review: AntigoneUser Review - Maria - Goodreads
A friend recommended this this to me after reading a draft of my play because I had asked how she would characterize the relationship between my leads. I should be so lucky to write a play like this ... Read full review
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