Young and Hungry is one of my favourite festivals in the theatrical calendar year as I relish the opportunity to witness the upcoming talent of the performers and designers. It’s a chance for the playwrights and directors to showcase their exceptionally hard work, and it’s a chance for emerging artists to create, present, and learn. This year, we’re treated to One Night Only written by Finnius Teppett and directed by Stella Reid, Fallen Angels written by Emily Duncan and directed by Rose Kirkup, and Attila the Hun written by Abby Howells and directed by Patrick Davies. While at first the plays don’t seem to share a theme like they have in other years, as I watch them, loss and discovery erupt as primary subjects.
Destination Beehive: 2017 places its audience directly into a political recap/talk show, and the lucky audience members meet and hear from the Tinakori Heights electoral candidates for the upcoming election. Destination Beehive is farcical, musical, and satirical; it had both me and my friend in raucous laughter, loving every single moment.
by Shannon Friday
The story of Antigone is pretty straightforward: King Creon forbids the burial of Antigone’s brother; Antigone buries her brother; King Creon executes Antigone; the gods punish Creon. The simple events of the plot hardly explain why Antigone has endured for 3,000 years (give or take a couple hundred years for historical ambiguity). Instead, the story is a fable, with each era seeing it’s own conflicts play out in the conflict of thesis and antithesis.
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