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William Head on Stage Theatre Society Presents -- Antigone

William Head on Stage Theatre Society Presents -- Antigone

October 6 - November 4, 2017

Gates Open at 6:15pm / Gates Close at 7:15pm / Show Begins at 7:30pm

William Head Federal Penitentiary
6000 William Head Road


Phone: 250-590-6291

Prisoners Playing Antigone

William Head on Stage’s sci-fi remount of ancient Greek tragedy promises to be innovative and provocative.

Opening October 6, 2017 in Victoria, BC

William Head Institution in Metchosin, BC, is the home of William Head on Stage (WHoS), Canada’s longest-running prison theatre company. Since 1981, the men have staged a play each fall and invited the general public. Anyone can buy a ticket, go through prison security, enter the prison gymnasium and experience the show. This October, the company will stage a sci-fi remount of an ancient Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Antigone is a play about a young woman’s decision to bury her brother against the King’s decree, even though the penalty for this civil disobedience is death.

This 57th theatre production is directed by Professor Eliza Gardiner from the Theatre Department at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo/Duncan. While the decision marks a return to the text for the company, fans will not miss WHoS’ signature style of adding its unique perspective to the play. WHoS selected Gardiner because of her contagious enthusiasm and risk-taking ideas. Paying homage to the ancient Greek tradition, Gardiner asked for an all-male cast. The three female characters in the play—Antigone, Ismene, and Eurydice—will all be played by men.

As a practitioner of Applied Theatre, Gardiner uses arts-based activities to inspire dialogue on social justice issues in order to consider different perspectives and develop solutions to problems faced by marginalized populations and the larger community. Gardiner worked with the men to unpack the play’s themes which resulted in a new ending grounded in non-violent and restorative justice principles.

The entire cast will be clad in masks to pay tribute to ancient Greek traditions, but that’s as far as the ancient style is honoured in this play. The costume room is full of neon paints, electrical wires, and foam to give the characters a cyborg, futuristic look that aligns with the original music and post-apocalyptic rendition of the classic plot.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES at William Head Federal Penitentiary, a 35-minute drive from Victoria.

Oct 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20st, 21nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, Nov 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2017

Gates Open at 6:15pm / Gates Close at 7:15pm / Show Begins at 7:30pm. Absolutely no late-comers.



Nov. 4th

Gates Open at 12:15pm / Gates Close at 1:15pm / Show at 1:30pm. Absolutely no late-comers.


ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE, None are for sale at the prison gates.

Custom Hobby crafts will be available for sale. A percentage of hobby crafts and ticket sales will go to NEED2, a local charity committed to preventing the tragedy of suicide in our community.



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