Antigone

Playing the role of Creon, his performance throughout the play of Antigone should retain many elements of the style of traditional Greek theatre. As Antigone is a Greek tragedy the style of acting needs to be exaggerated and over-dramatic. Especially in the last scene, lots of passion and emotion needs to be added in the last scene, this will show the clear contrast of Creon’s behaviour in the first and the last scene. The two scenes show the contrast of Creon’s hubris and the will of the Gods, highlighting a key theme of the play: state law vs. religion.

I would have short curly black and slightly grey hair with a thick beard similar to the hair. Tall, broad shouldered showing my physical dominance on stage. I’d wear a burgundy sleeveless knee length chiton with a high-neckline made from linen including gold detail on the neckline, a brown coloured leather belt and brown woollen himation draped over the right shoulder. I would also have brown leather sandals, and a gold ring and chain necklace too. I would have a large scar running down the left side of my leg, showing the conflict and wars I have been involved in from the past.

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I would have a low booming voice, I would talk slow emphasising certain words by saying them louder and slower, however when getting annoyed I would speed up showing my anger rising. The costume is typical for ancient Greece, men often wore knee length chitons whereas women wore them full length. The first scene needs to highlight Creon’s hubris and arrogance. Creon’s appearance needs to be bold when he approaches from the palace. I would have two guards holding both central doors open and Creon strides out with his hands behind his back looking around at the audience, the chorus would be stood up, clapping.

I would walk downstage , upright and slowly whilst smiling. I would stand middle stage, with my legs shoulder length apart, standing tall and proud showing his pride. Holding still for 2 seconds taking in the applause from the Chorus. After I would look at either side of the Chorus then raise my right hand so they stop clapping and sit down so it’s completely silent for a few seconds, showing the authority of Creon and the tension of what he has to say creating a dramatic atmosphere.

Throughout Creon’s speech I would make pauses in-between words emphasising the following word. For example “I have called you especially out of all my people” leaving a pause between you and especially, it shows Creon’s power and highlights the silence on stage during these pauses as everyone is fascinated by what he has to say. During the speech I would start walking around the stage, occasionally lifting my arms on certain words such as “Gods” and giving direct address to the audience, including them into the play.

When Creon talks about himself for example “Whatever it may be, I shall declare it” I’d stop walking and smile, showing he is happy with his power and showing his pride ruling Thebes and then carry on again. In contrast, the exodus shows a very different side of Creon. He is vulnerable and sad, contrasting to his hubris at the start of the play. This is a common convention of Greek Tragedies, being a tragic climax of a down-fall of a great man, showing his fatal mistake that is too late to repair.

It also relates to another convention used a lot in Greek Tragedies ending in lots of Death as the end of Antigone ends in Antigone, Haemon and Eurydice are all dead. After revealing Eurydice’s body I would fall to my knees whilst saying “O second horror” sinking next to Haemon’s body. I would then lift up my head for “What fate awaits me now? ” shouting this line and taking loud in breaths showing his despair and sadness. I would then put my head on Haemon’s chest, holding one of Haemon’s hands with both of my hands.

I would slowly draw up my head and say the lines “My child here in my arms… and there, the other… the son… the mother” looking from Haemon’s body to Eurydice’s body and back again. Creon being on his knees with his head buried in Haemon’s body shows Creon’s weakness and contrasts with his upright, tall, authoritative stance in the first scene. Creon’s last lines of the play are very emotive. Instead of having a loud, stern voice I change until a fairly quiet and effortless voice, breathing out during talking as if I have no breath left.

Between the full stops of “I am nothing. I have no life” I would leave big pauses showing how Creon is no longer a powerful figure. He then follows on to say “lead me away” I would hold out my hands like a beggar on the street contrasting to power and status and one guard would pick hold me up as if he’s helping me to walk, another guard would pick up Haemon’s body and follow. Whilst exiting I would look up then drop my head again showing the will of the Gods has overpowered Creon, a big convention of Greek Tragedy.

In conclusion, the difference between the 1st episode and the exodus shows the contrast of Creon’s hubris and his downfall from the will of the Gods. It shows the contrast of his arrogance and ignorance with his weakness and failure leaving him with nothing. Creon’s vocal starts with a low but loud booming voice with a stern tone but changes into a weak, quiet and lifeless voice. His physical ability at the start are powerful, being upright with his feet apart showing his authority, however turns into weak, not being able to stand up and can’t keep his head up.