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Excitement builds in anticipation of premiere of students’ biggest play since lockdown

The music department at the University of York is busy preparing for next week’s premiere of their biggest event since the end of lockdown.

The production, Antigone, will take place at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall from Wednesday 3rd November until Friday 5th November.

Taking inspiration from modern day issues, the project leader chose Antigone since: “It is quite important with what is going on in the current day.”

Naomi Prince, the Press and Publicity officer at the University’s Music Society, said: “Antigone is a really strong female character and he has written in various things about seeing parallels with Malala and Greta Thunberg because Antigone stood up against the King.”

Antigone was originally a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles. The play deals with themes of death and tragedy as a woman defies civil law following the death of her brother. York University has brought Antigone into the 21st century with a modern and positive twist on a classic Grecian play.

Each year, the first year students take part in practical production which is a right of passage. They produce a show within five weeks that varies each year. Last year due to Covid-19 the module took place online. Now that the students are back into the university they have produced one of their biggest shows yet, according to organisers.

The music students have been acting, directing and composing as this show is completely run by the students in the department. Students in second and third year do also have the option of assisting with the show to help it come to life. This year the second and third years jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

The main elements the students and staff at York University are excited about is that the production involves 12 new compositions that were all created by students. Some students even took on the challenge of producing more than one composition each. The university has said that the compositions will bring a “new life to the time honoured tale.”

Tickets for the event are currently on sale on the York Concerts’ website for £10, with concessions at £8 and students at £3. The box office in the music department is also selling tickets from Monday to Friday 1:30pm until 4:00pm.


Antigone poster from the University of York.