Oxford University student magazine article on Antigone

Oxford University student magazine article on Antigone

"They hope for peace, waiting to return to the graves of their loved ones and being able once again to smell the sweet jasmine of home. Until then, theatre can go some way in helping them to come to terms with the events." 

Note of clarification

On December 9th, 2014, a fundraiser for the Antigone of Syria project took place at the Courtyard Theatre in London. This was an evening organised by an independent individual that had no professional affiliation with Aperta Productions. Neither the creative team nor the actresses in Lebanon had any knowledge of the event whatsoever.    

Arab Review watches Antigone

Arab Review watches Antigone

The question about this remarkable group of women was not whether they could act or not; the problem is that, for the past four years, they have done nothing but act. Silenced by the tyranny of Syria’s war, they began the Antigone workshops afraid of using the pronoun “I” when telling anecdotes. With this play they finally reclaimed their opinions and identities and brought courage and honesty to two worlds; a Syria of fear and antagonism and a West governed by media hyperbole.

NPR's radio & print story on Antigone of Syria

NPR's radio & print story on Antigone of Syria

Barefoot in a yoga studio in Lebanon's capital Beirut, a couple dozen actresses raise voices and stretch bodies that had grown used to being quiet and still.

"Go on," they cry as a clapping exercise speeds up, and they fill the room with whoops and uninhibited yells.

But these women aren't professional actresses. In fact, they're refugees from Syria, and this production of the Greek tragedy Antigone is a project designed to help them deal with their trauma.

French agency TV5Monde on Antigone of Syria

French agency TV5Monde on Antigone of Syria

Avec plus d'un million de réfugiés syriens, plus que tout autre pays de la région, le Liban vit de plein fouet et au quotidien la crise syrienne qui dure depuis bientôt quatre ans. Parmi eux, les femmes sont nombreuses et des associations tentent de leur apporter une aide particulière. Une vingtaine d'exilées syriennes sont ainsi devenues comédiennes le temps de quelques soirées de représentation d'une pièce de théâtre mythique.