The Director of this production was Ken Hann
Ken joined the Maskers in 1969 and has appeared in many shows including War and Peace, Taming of the Shrew, The Rivals, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Dresser. He has performed at the Nuffield, Avington Park, Mottisfont Abbey, the Studio and Colin’s Butchers Shop to name but a few. He first directed (Macbeth) in 2003. Antigone will be his ninth production for the Maskers, and his first foray into Greek Drama, thus fulfilling a long-cherished ambition.
Radio newscaster played by David Pike
David, an ex Rose Bruford student, began his time with Maskers in 1971 playing Napoleon in War and Peace at the Nuffield. Other productions at the Nuffield include The Lark, Oh, What a Lovely War!, Inherit The Wind, A Doll's House, King Lear, The National Health, and a memorable role as Long John Silver in Treasure Island in which he had to contend with a live parrot!
Antigone played by Sarah-Jayne Wareham
During her time at Maskers, Sarah-Jayne has had the opportunity to play a range of weird and wonderful roles, from Mrs Robinson in The Graduate to Mercy in Humble Boy, and the Parrot in Treasure Island. Most recently she had great fun playing a plethora of characters, including Estella and a duck, in Great Expectations. She is looking forward to stretching her wings in this modern adaptation of one of the most renowned Greek tragedies.
Ismene (sister of Antigone) / Chorus played by Kate Grundy-Garcia
Kate has been an on/off Masker for over 25 years and has enjoyed playing a number of roles including more recently, the weeping bride in An Italian Straw Hat at the Nuffield Theatre. Kate is now enjoying getting stuck into another weeping role but this time in a Greek tragedy. Otherwise, Kate lives with her three children and her husband and Spanish fellow Masker, Ruben
Kreon (King of Thebes and Antigone’s uncle) played by Matt Avery
Antigone is the root of all modern philosophy. The love of money is the root of all evil. The A306 is a route to Salisbury. Using these insights as a basis, Matt is working hard to develop a suitably moving character. This production will be his first Greek tragedy not in an amphitheatre, and he is delighted to be working with such a talented cast and director. And sincere thanks, as ever, to Ed.
Guard / Chorus played by Eric Petterson
Eric Petterson started a late acting and singing career in A Christmas Charivari in 2012. His straight acting roles included the Guard in Forward to the Right and Jack in The Weir. He played multiple parts in our successful production of Great Expectations earlier this year, and found an affinity with crates. Eric thinks Antigone looks great fun, and the Guard a particularly bolshie character!
Haimon (son of Kreon, betrothed to Antigone) / Chorus played by Robert Osborne
Robert has been a member of Maskers for six years and has taken on a range of roles both on- and offstage. His most recent role was The Chief Clerk in Metamorphosis (for which he won the Dave Bartlett award for best supporting actor). He has spent the last year designing lighting and stage managing and will be making his directorial debut in the Maskers Studio Theatre in October 2018 directing Happy by Robert Caisley.
Teiresias (a prophet) / Chorus played by Sheana Carrington
Maskers celebrate their fiftieth birthday next year so, as a founder member, I am quite ancient! Having directed and costumed several plays more recently, I have decided to have a go again at being in a play! Rehearsals have been enjoyable and challenging in equal measures. I researched the character, Teiresias, the Prophet, and discovered that he displeased the Gods and was turned into a woman for seven years. Obviously, this story takes place, whilst he is a woman!
Eurydike (wife of Kreon) / Chorus played by Maria Head
Maria has been a member of Maskers for many years and has played a wide variety of roles including Mistress Page in Merry Wives of Windsor, Lampito in Lysistrata, the scary Annie Wilkes in Misery and the more wholesome Marmee in Little Women. She is delighted to be cast in Antigone and to be directed by Ken again: the last time being King Lear when she played Goneril.