The discussion last night was moderated by Nur Laiq, TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow and public policy expert, and featured the film’s producer, Hal Scardino, and Professor Fiona MacIntosh, Professor of Classical Reception, Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, Curator of the Ioannou Centre. Before the audience had a chance to ask questions, Fiona explained the context in which Antigone was written, while also providing a broader overview of the use of Antigone in history, particularly during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. What followed was a lively conversation about Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and the work that Open Art will be doing both now and in the future.
Thank you to Ms. Laiq for kindly inviting Hal and for screening the film. We hope to return to Oxford in the not too distant future in some capacity or other.