Radiotonic – going old school

Obviously I went to one of those ridiculously expensive schools that is secretly masquerading as a holding pen for women they hope will marry well and then retire, because I never read Antigone by Sophocles.

Either that or I did chemistry.

Either way, I have read it now for, as a part of my time as one of the Artists in Residence with La Boite Theatre, I have had the pleasure of working to create a short radio play, Agent Ion, that draws from Sophocles’ classic work.  And tomorrow I will have the additional pleasure of working with the crew from Radio National’s Radiotonic to transfer that work into a place of sound and voice and in the ears talking.

I have considered the play in relation to our current terror-theorising-homegrowing, while Future Fidel, Dan Evans and Sandra Carluccio, are also considering their own takes on the text. I wonder if there are others out there who have considered Antigone, its questions of blindness versus sight, natural law versus man-made law, family versus citizenship, civil disobedience, fate and free will? And places where we might be considering this in contemporary Australia?


By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

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