Irene Bakulikira is Antigone

Irene Bakulikira is Antigone

This October 26th, audiences will be treated to a performance like no other!

Antigone, presented by WEYA, (Western Edge Youth Arts) devised and performed by the Geelong Edge ensemble, is an original and interactive theatre performance. We’re in Thebes, a modern state. When Polynices, a young African activist, is shot dead by police, President Creon and his unscrupulous media adviser Tiresius, turn to racial vilification to win votes. Antigone, Polynices’ sister, is now left to stand alone against the forces of the state.

We got the chance to speak to Irene Bakulikira who will be playing the leading character of Antigone this Friday night. We spoke on all things art, culture and identity.

Q: We know that in the world people turn to art for many reasons, why do you think the story of Antigone is so important in this day and age?

Irene: It’s important to understand the lives that individuals in African communities are facing, racism is unfortunately still something that exists in our society. Racism isn’t always something that is seen, heard or picked up on. Sometimes racism is unintentional, but yet, still as damaging. The story of Antigone is so important in this day and age because it showcases the reality of things and the issues in our society that are often ignored. I believe performing this show would enable the audience to understand and have it as a memory to look back on.

Q: Who is Antigone and what does she mean to you? 

Irene: Antigone is a girl who is stuck in two worlds where she had to choose between her family and the love of her life. In the chaos of everything, Antigone finds struggles to find herself and her voice. she wants to see a change, she wants to stand up for what’s right. for myself, playing Antigone makes me happy. the fact that I get to educate other young African girls through my performance is extremely rewarding, teaching them that it’s okay to stand up for yourself and to stand up for what’s right.

Q: What’s your favourite thing/ moment of this story?

Irene: My favourite moments are when I get to sing. I love singing and getting to do it in this performance makes me happy. it’s a little thing. sounds, words, lyrics. one of the memorable things from this performance is the music because I feel its something that easily resonates.

Will Antigone choose freedom and betray her own family?

Be immersed in song, dance and poetic text, and get the opportunity to interact with characters and together, explore the complexity of the play’s themes.

Catch the thrilling performance of Antigone this Friday the 26th of October: 8 pm in the Courthouse Theatre

Cast: Irene Bakulikira, Eto Masoka, Sila Toprak, Craig Gunguta, Kiril Stamenkov and Finn Lloyd with live music by Callum Watson

Directed and facilitated by Dave Kelman