In the twentieth century, the idea of the individual conscience appealing to some force beyond the here-and-now became pressing and dramatic. Matters came to a head when Antigone refused to accept Creon's diktat that their brother Polynices be not afforded funeral rites and his body be left to rot in the sun like a dog. Lisa was concerned at how Antigone had been represented in some of the earlier versions and argued for us to make the encounter between her and Creon one in which Antigone’s intelligence and placid determination would come to the fore and the possibility that she was in the right be dramatized. The underlying moral questions are simply laid out. RTÉ is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Date: Sun, 22/04/2018 - 18:30 - 20:00. When I started the play, when Lisa Dwan and I began to work out its moral and political contours, I did not know what Ismene would do. When writer Colm Tóibín approached her, then, about collaborating on a piece of theatre, Dwan “knew immediately it had to be Antigone. September 2019. Pale Sister, written by Colm Tóibín for Irish actress Lisa Dwan, is a dramatisation of the voice of Ismene, the sister of Antigone, who recounts her sister’s defiance of the king as pressures mount on Ismene herself to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example. Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6:30PM. It does not reflect any particular locale and speaks more generally and globally to the idea of activism and activists. They include The Master (Winner of the Dublin IMPAC Prize), Brooklyn, Nora Webster and House of Names. Two of today’s outstanding lyrical authors of fiction discuss their approaches to writing about this extremely tough topic. I would immediately send this to Lisa Dwan who, often, within an hour or two would, using Dropbox, return the material to me, having recorded it. It explores the effect of an individual's heroism on their more timid colleagues. Colm Tóibín's version is a one-woman telling of the story from the perspective of Antigone's more biddable sister Ismene. Best culture of the 21st century The 100 best books of the 21st century. Yeats teased out the gap between the ‘terrible beauty’ of individual sacrifice and the common place ‘where motley is worn’. As each of them set to work on their own projects that related to Antigone, I learned a great deal about the power of this story, what it can mean to an audience now and what it meant to audiences in the past. We wanted her to be both chorus and protagonist. Colm Tóibín’s new version of the Greek tragedy Antigone draws out a secondary character from shadows and silence. Both Lisa and I were aware of what was being revealed in the world around us, not least in the theatre and the academy, about gender and power, about silence and speech. © RTÉ 2020. The students, each Monday morning, also had strong views on the role of a drama like this as an intervention in the contemporary debate. Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know by Colm Tóibín. Colm Tóibín is the 2018-2019 Rolex mentor in literature. Meáin Náisiúnta Seirbhíse Poiblí na hÉireann. Both of us saw how much this play could matter in this debate. C olm Tóibín ’s new version of the Greek tragedy Antigone draws out a secondary character from shadows and silence. Pale Sister. In the other novel, the message that the heirs of Antigone’s legacy sends is urgent, courageous and morally necessary. Pale Sister by Colm Toibin is at The Gate Theatre, Dublin, from October 31st - more details here. Pale Sister. her sister gives voice to her story. As part of our work, I began to write my own version of the story, presenting a new scene to the class every week. He has published collections of short stories, books of criticism and non-fiction, and nine novels, three of which have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in 1955. How do some people find it within themselves to follow their individual conscience in the face of state power, or impossible odds? with no interval. 2950 Broadway. For our full Terms & Conditions please click here. An Audible and Gate Theatre Co-Production. Antigone scorns the compromising Ismene and defies Creon in an attempt to bury her brother. There were versions made in France during the Nazi Occupation, in Ireland during the Troubles, in Germany after the war, in South Africa during apartheid, and among the Pakistani community in contemporary London. In audio, Audible has produced Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen starring Sophie Melville, True West starring Kit Harrington and Johnny Flynn, Ambreen Razia’s The Diary of a Hounslow Girl, and more. It was their very powerlessness that gave them power. In this 60-minute monologue directed by Carey Perloff, Ismene’s character grows from silent complicity in terrible events to the discovery of her own voice. It is a rallying cry to the bystanders and to the army of compromisers. Tóibín ging zur Schule am St Peter’s College in Wexford. Anyone who approaches Sophocles's Antigone has to be aware that its raw power and its urgent arguments speak a special truth across the centuries to each generation and offer a special challenge. Narrated by ... Colm Toibin’s beautiful writing, and Lisa Dwan’s spellbinding performance, equaled a great listen. Schlöndorff was responsible for the final section of the film in which the figure of Antigone is invoked as a dangerous presence in the Germany of the late 1970s. Anyone who approaches Sophocles's Antigone has to be aware that its raw power and its urgent arguments speak a special truth across the centuries to each generation and offer a special challenge. Ismene is certainly woke. Group discounts are available for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday performances. Gate, DublinThe acclaimed writer’s version of the Greek tragedy focuses on her sister Ismene, with plenty of modern relevances, Last modified on Thu 26 Mar 2020 08.27 EDT. The “pale sister” is Ismene (Lisa Dwan) who warns her sibling Antigone against defying the law of Thebes and its ruler, their uncle Creon. Home / O to Z / Colm Tóibín / Pale Sister. I can hear my sister laugh at the thought of truth. Log in, I believe that two lines of poetry can save a life - Paula Meehan, Meet Shakespeare's 10 most memorable heroes and villains, New museum exhibition showcases the 'isolation, reflection and faith' at Glendalough, 'I got fed up trying to make them laugh' - D'Unbelievables star Jon Kenny on re-evaluating his approach to work. Always book tickets for Gate Theatre productions directly from the Gate Theatre box office or on gatetheatre.ie. We were also visited by the German film director Volker Schlöndorff who, with Fassbinder and others, made the film Germany in Autumn in 1978. • Gate theatre, Dublin, until 9 November. Tonally repetitive from the start, it does not succeed in distinguishing between characters. Tóibín's version demonstrates the effect of individual heroism on others, on the less naturally heroic. Antigone's insistence on burying her brother Polynices, against the orders issued by the legal authority of the state embodied by King Creon, brings two implacable wills into tragic conflict. He's joined by and will be interviewed by Carys Davies, winner of the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, on the release of her first novel, West.
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