Creon's opening speech in Antigone

  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Does anyone know where I can download for free this speech. Need it tomorrow, guys! Please help if you can.

    Thanks.

    Alan

    • 18th Jul 2007
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  • Simon Dale

    Dancer

    Hi Alan,

    Have a try of this: click here

    Good luck,

    Simon

    • 7th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Thanks for your help, Simon. But I only got a blank page!!

    But I'll keep trying it.

    Alan

    • 8th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    I've managed to get to the page that explains how to download it. But the next page is blank now!

    I have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed but the script is not coming through!

    What a shame!

    Thank you so much for your efforts though.

    Alan

    • 8th Jul 2007
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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Hi, is this it? I copied & pasted it!

    Let me know if not & i'll find it after lunch!

    nadia

    [ Enter Creon, from the central doors of the palace; with two attendants. ]

    Creon Citizens. Our city has been shaken by a great storm, but

    now the gods have set it right again. And by messengers I

    have summoned you, out of all the citizens, to gather here,

    apart. I've done this for two reasons. First, I know that you

    always honored well the power of the throne of Laius.

    And second, when Oedipus was guiding the city, and after

    he died, you maintained his children with steady prudence.

    And so, now that those two brothers, by a double fate,

    have died in a single day, both striking and being struck,

    each to each, each cursed with blood-guilt for slaying a

    brother, I hold all power and the throne, since I am the

    closest relation to those who are dead. For anyone who

    rules a whole city, and doesn't listen to good advice, but

    holds his tongue out of some fear, would seem to me, now

    as always, to be the worst kind of leader. Nor would I ever

    consider a man who was an enemy of our country to be a

    friend of mine, since I know this: This city preserves us,

    and we make friends only when we guide it correctly, like

    a ship.

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    And so I will improve the Great City of Thebes with

    the following laws: Now, regarding the brothers, there are

    the laws I have announced to the citizens regarding the

    children of Oedipus. First of all, Eteocles, who died in the

    service of this city, having served with his spear in all

    worthiness, he is to be buried in a tomb and honored with

    all the honors that should come to the most worthy of the

    dead below.

    But I say that Polyneices, who shared his blood, who

    was an exile and returned, hoping to burn with fire, from

    top to bottom, his fatherland and his family gods, wanting

    to drink the blood he shared, and to lead us all into slavery

    I have announced publicly that no one is to bury him in a

    tomb, nor mourn him, but he is to be unburied, a

    humiliated corpse to be eaten by birds and dogs.

    Such is my thought, and the evil will never stand in

    honor before the deserving. But I will honor anyone who

    means well for the city, alive or dead, it makes no

    difference.

    • 8th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Thank you to everyone who has pM'd me and to the fantastic posting with the speech I need in it! I cannot thank you all enough.

    One thing though...they are different! Must be a translation thing! But please don't worry anymore of you. I HAVE exactly what I want. Thank you all once again.

    Alan

    • 8th Jul 2007
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Probably all done and dusted by now, Alan. But, yes, it's likely the translation is at the root of the differences between versions - I remember being fascinated to discover that one of my favourite non - english plays, Buchner's Woyzeck, was not only available in variant versions , but, because it was left unfinished at his death, can have the scenes placed in any random order, according to translator's whim. No - one quite knows what order he wanted them placed in, and so, it's open season! This oddly means that it's almost a different play in different versions! Very nearly as odd - Chekhov's 'Wild Honey/Platonov', which never made it out of maunscript until recent times. Because this one was never formally published, and is very long, different modern translators have cut and adjusted it differently - and ,bizarrely, they produced entirely different genres from the same material - for Michael Frayn ('Wild Honey'), the piece is a farce; for David Hare ('Platonov'), it's an early tragedy!!

    Hope you got the 'right' Creon for the day in the end, and it all went well. None of this would have been a problem in the original ancient Greek!

    • 8th Jul 2007
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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Pleasure.

    Good luck Alan

    Nadia ;-)

    • 9th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    A final thank you to all who were so terrific in helping me out on this. I had a great audition for the part and can recommend the set up at TFT Productions for anyone else who is planning on getting involved with this project.

    Let's hope no one else is pushing for 'Creon' though!

    Good luck to you all in your work.

    Alan

    • 9th Jul 2007
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  • Jenny Randall

    Actor

    Hi Alan

    I have an audition for them on Thursday for the same production...Im doing Antigone's speech....Any advice... glad you thought it was a great experience!!

    Jen

    • 9th Jul 2007
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  • Richard Lord

    Actor

    Just come back myself form the TFT auditions and I can only reiterate what Alan has said; namely, what a great bunch of people! The only downside was my arriving 20 minutes late because hooligans had nicked the power cables needed to run the train system from Leeds all the way to Hull so I had to take a bus instead! Apparently, this happens a lot around these parts!

    • 9th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    To Jenny...they are really good and are taking plenty of time casting so enjoy it. Be yourself since this is going to be a long and major tour and your personality is as important as your performance. There is no need whatsoever to be nervous because they are genuinely nice people and will welcome you. For the speech itself it will be done to camera but if you use the general location of the camera as your 'dress circle' target you won't go wrong. Be 'Antigone'! She was a feisty but caring person with strength in her spine. To stand up to Creon in those days was likely to result in death! And she knew it! But underneath it all she cared about what was happening all around her!

    To Richlord...I knew others were going to be auditioning for this fantastic part...anyone want to buy five miles of cabling only used once?

    Good luck to both of you...but a little less to Rich, of course!!!

    Alan

    • 10th Jul 2007
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  • Jenny Randall

    Actor

    Many Thanx Alan that is a real help..This could be one audition that im actually looking forward to!!

    • 10th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    You have every reason to look forward to it, Jenny. Selby is a lovely country market town with a fabulous cathedral (so it's really a city) and if the weather is nice the visit and travel will be delightful. Have a look round the cathedral whilst you're there. Stroll around the market and pick up a few bargains!

    Most of all, remember to smile!

    Alan x

    • 10th Jul 2007
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  • Amanda Golding

    Actor

    Dear All,

    I'm off to the audition on Monday next, and it's so good to hear that this is a great company, as I couldn't find much about them on the web. I'm pleased to get the tip about acting to camera. The producer didn't tell me that on the phone. I'm going to give Medea a turn.

    xAmanda

    • 10th Jul 2007
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  • Richard Lord

    Actor

    Greetings one and all! Don't worry about Creon, Alan, I would just like to be in it somewhere! All the best for that anyway! By the way, I'm not sure that the others should come along expecting to act FOR the camera, are you? I was under the impression that the video is used purely as an aide memoire (see how pretentious I'm getting now I'm reading Sophocles?)and really they are concerned with the theatrical presentation, particularly in light of the discussion I had with the panel beforehand. Whaddya think? I don't want folks going along under the misapprehension they want a 'film' performance.

    • 10th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Very true, Rich. You are so right. The camera is only for an aid memoir so the performance should be BIG. I only mentioned the camera to give a background on the audition. Use the camera as you would a member of the audience!

    Medea...now that is a part!

    Good luck to all who are auditioning for this series of plays. Creon is in all of them so the same character is expected to do all the shows as Creon. No easy backstage ensemble for him!

    Alan

    • 10th Jul 2007
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  • David Corden

    Actor

    Hi Alan & all, glad it went well...amazing how a man of your advanced years still has the ability to learn a speech overnight - wonderful!

    If anyone ever needs anything like this in future, you might be interested in popping over here:

    www.gutenberg.org

    It is by far the largest and most accessible site I have ever found for out of copyright (and often print) works.

    • 10th Jul 2007
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    Hello All,

    I have an audition for the tour this sunday. Im so pleased to hear that they are a great company. I still have not decided on a speech, any suggestions would be gladly welcomed

    All the best to those still auditioning

    Corinne

    • 11th Jul 2007
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Something from Antigone or a Shakespearean from maybe 'Merry Wives' or 'Taming of the Shrew'?

    Enjoy your day out!

    Alan

    • 11th Jul 2007
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