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Portsmouth girls get ready to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A GROUP of eight talented sixth formers are taking their interpretation of the Greek tragedy Antigone to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week.

Students from Portsmouth High School are performing the classic, which was first performed at the school 102 years ago.

Head of drama and theatre studies Rosemary Comrie said: ‘Antigone is so relevant to our experience today: the family dynamics, the aftermath of war, the struggle to find peace.

‘It is about a girl of the same age as the cast, facing decisions with passion and fortitude.’

The group have reimagined the play so that the events are all seen through the memory of Antigone and represented by the entire cast.

Deputy head girl, Zoe Printer, 17, said: ‘I’m really excited to experience the whole atmosphere in Edinburgh that the Fringe creates.

‘Having written and adapted our own account of Antigone, it will be really interesting to see how the audience react to our unique version of the play.

‘We are getting an insight into the real world of theatre and it will hopefully be an exciting and memorable experience.’

Mrs Comrie added: ‘The girls will have the experience of being self-starters, working in a collaborative group they will have to master negotiation, tolerance, the audience perspective, the coming together of ideas and imagination whilst ultimately maintaining artistic quality.’

 

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