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Various artistic media reflect some aspect of classical antiquity. Mythical characters like Antigone (who defied the law in order to give her brother a proper burial) and Medea (who, betrayed by her husband Jason, killed him and her own children) are widely in evidence, reflected as they are in plays. Athol Fugard is one of the best-known exponents of this phenomenon; actors in his 1973 play, The Island, played inmates on Robben Island attempting to stage Antigone. Roy Sargeant has over the years directed many productions of ancient Greek plays, including Euripides’ Bacchae. Other examples include Mark Fleishman (Medea, 1994-6) and Yaël Farber’s Molora (2007-2011), an adaptation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia. Such plays have drawn directly on classical antiquity, but with many different inflections.

1. Aristophanes' Birds at Kirstenbosch

2. Euripides' Medea, performed at the Market Theater, Johannesburg

3. Euripides' Bacchae at Kirstenbosch

4. The Island