Antigone Goes to School: Georgina Kakoudaki’s Production of the Sophoclean Play (2014) for Teenage Audiences


Kakoudaki’s production of Sophocles’ Antigone (2014) for a teenage audience presents an interesting deviation from widespread scenic interpretations of the play. It advocates equality in life (not in death) and promotes civic awareness among young students of secondary education as the play was performed mainly at schools across Athens. I was invited to offer my scholarly opinion on the most important interpretative approaches of the play in (post)modernity, which led me to present two major trends: the depoliticization of Antigone in the works of Hegel and Lacan, and the opposite feminist discourse of the heroine’s repoliticization by Irigaray, Butler, and Honig. The last two sections of the paper focus on the directorial approach which consisted in creating awareness of civic identity, and giving the students the right ‘to their own opinion’. The paper concludes with an overview of the student’s actual reactions when they were asked to side with one of the major characters of the play and present their arguments for their choice, thus substantiating the central pedagogical question of this production: “Do I have the right to my own opinion?”