Sophocles, Antigone, and Athenian tragedy

These are programme notes I wrote for a school production of Antigone:

Modern Greek tragic masks

The historical origins of Athenian tragedy are forever lost to us, but the Greek word “tragedy” (“goat-singers”) gives us a clue that it originated out of choral singing and dancing at sacrificial rituals. Give the chorus-leader a separate part to sing against his chorus, and later add a second and a third individual actor – and you have drama as we would recognise it today. Continue reading