July 2009


Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre

"...we need more powerful theatre like this in Hong Kong."
Time out Hong Kong

About the Play
In the quiet dawn at the end of the civil war, one of the last surviving daughters of the ruling household slips away to bury her traitor brother. By the end of the day, her simple act of love will have brought the state to its knees. 

Sophocle's Antigone is one of the most sharply individualized and compelling figures in western drama. In 1942 during the Nazi occupation of Paris, the great French playwright Jean Anouilh adapted the ancient drama and it was seen by the French as theatre resistance and by the Germans as an affirmation of authority. 

Anouilh's Antigone cuts to the core of one of the conundrums of the twenty first century: how to balance the heart of the individual with the ever shifting demands of the state. The burning battle between Antigone and her uncle the ruler Creon, unfolds with fierce dramatic logic and terrifying precision. And in Creon's well intentioned path to catastrophe we get a truly brilliant portrait of flawed leadership.

This is a classic play about here and now.

International cast
Theatre du Pif brings Anouilh's Antigone to the Hong Kong stage in an innovative and dynamic production directed by the renowned Canadian theatre director Jovanni Sy (director of the company's critically acclaimed production of David Harrower's Blackbird). Theatre du Pif's artistic director Bonni Chan tackles one of the great roles in the theatre canon while the superb Lee Chun-chow takes on the role of Creon. They are joined by an ensemble of first rate local and international performers, breathing new immediacy into Anouilh's timeless tale.

International Artistic and Production Team:

Playwright : Jean Anouilh
Director : Jovanni Sy(Canada)
Performers : Lee Chun-chow, Bonni Chan, Sean Curran, Victor Pang,
Suen Wai-fong, Melissa Leung, Chan Kwun-yee, Krissy Lam, João Pamplona, Alexandre Cerda
Set Designer : Charfi Hung
Lighting Designer : Lau Ming-hang
Costume Designer : Cheng Man-wing
Music and Sound Designer : Pang Chun-kit
Production Manager : Lawrence Lee
Producer : Janice Poon