Antigone in Urdu


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Why Jean Anouilh’s Antigone?

First produced during the German occupation of France, Antigone is a story of resistance, of a young woman’s stand against an authoritarian ruler. Anouilh’s rewriting of the ancient Greek play turns it into a political and social commentary, as well as a moral one; this in turn makes it a play relevant to all time. This modern version of the play is often also suggestive rather than historical in its accuracy, which opens it up to different interpretations around the world.

The biggest appeal of this play is in the fact that its protagonist is a young woman with a mission, a conviction that she is doing what is right and that she has every right to do it for that reason, even if she dies as a result of her actions. This play can be interpreted more as a social than a political play, as a woman’s stand not just against an authoritarian ruler and political system, but against a patriarchal system where she is belittled, sidelined, humored, and where her voice has no value. As daughter, niece, sister, and fiancé, she is loved, but not taken seriously as an actor on the stage of life.

Given recent developments in countries around the world like Iran, Afghanistan, and even Pakistan, the Theatre Wallay team thought the time was ripe for a production of this play, recognizing the struggle of women throughout history, and today, for the right to exist, and individual identity, and for the right to be heard and taken seriously as human beings equal to men in terms of intelligence, capability and feeling, and with the same claim upon the world as men have.

With the support of the French Embassy and the Alliance Française d’Islamabad, Theatre Wallay performed Antigone (in its Urdu version translated by Shaukat Niazi) at the Alliance premises on 25th May 2023, and at The Farm at Bani Gala on 27th and 28th May 2023.

Director: Fizza Hasan

Assistant Director: Usama Ahmed Khan


Chorus: Adil Yousaf

Nurse: BB

Ismene: Ayesha Tahir

Antigone: Sanaa’i Muhammad

                Minahil Ramil

                Saboora Marium

                Sara Pasha

                Maria Habib

Creon: Casim Ovais

Hemon: Zia ur Rehman

First Guard: Safeer Ullah Khan

Second Guard: Ammar Khalid

Third Guard: Aadarsh Ayaz

Messenger: Ramil Aftab

Page: Iyaad Zaydan Rizvi

Set Design: Fizza Hasan, Fahad Tariq

Sound and Light Design: Zidaan Hayat, Usama Ahmed Khan

Costume Design: Fizza Hasan