Stef Smith's


Stef Smith

Anna-Maria Nabirye

The Sainsbury Theatre

Tuesday 29 June at 7:30pm
Wednesday 30 June at 7:30pm
Thursday 1 July at 2pm
Thursday 1 July at 7:30pm

About the show

“Look at what I can achieve when I am broken – you should be scared of me. You should be scared of what I can achieve when I am whole.”

An ancient tale of family and honour transported into the 21st century.

Antigone and her siblings were taught to be quiet, to hide the shame of their ancestry. But the past cannot be forgotten. Seeing what their silence has brought them, Antigone refuses to keep subdued any longer.

But the world is not kind to strong women, and Antigone soon discovers that nothing can keep her safe.

Stef Smith is a playwright whose work includes: Human Animals (Royal Court Theatre, London, 2016); Swallow (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2015); Remote (NT Connections 2015); And The Beat Goes On (Random Accomplice/Horsecross); Cured (The Arches, Glasgow); Woman of the Year (Òran Mór); Grey Matter (Lemon Tree, Aberdeen); Falling/Flying (Tron, Glasgow); Roadkill (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2010 & 2011).

Awards include: Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Production, Amnesty International Expression of Freedom Award, Herald Angel Award, Total Theatre Award for Innovation, The Scotsman Fringe First Award (Roadkill); Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award for Drama, The Scotsman Fringe First Award (Swallow).

She has been awarded the New Playwright Award by Playwrights Studio, Scotland. Stef was a member of the Royal Court National Writers Group in 2013. She is an associate artist at the Traverse Theatre.

Anna-Maria Nabirye is a multi-disciplinary artist who directs, performs, coaches, collaborates and initiates projects across theatre, social practice, fiction, documentary, screen, visual arts and fashion. 

Recent directing credits include: Ruptures (London Film Festival), One Prick At A Time (Kings College Culture), Up In Arms (Arts Admin-UK and Octopus Theatricals-USA), Black Joy Matters (Hastings Museum and Art Gallery). 

Anna-Maria is an associate ensemble member of awarding winning theatre company The Faction. She is currently co-developing Afri-Co-Lab a community creative hub in St Leonards-On-Sea, she is a Jerwood Artist on attachment to Whitstable Biennale – creating work for the 2022 festival, under commission from The Camden’s People Theatre to develop new work Ugand-ish and is supported by Arts Council England to develop her practice as an Anti-Racist Theatre Practitioner.  

Contains scenes of an adult nature, scenes of a distressing nature.

If you would like further information, please contact the box office.

Photos: Lidia Crisafulli

Creative Team

Anna-Maria Nabirye

Assistant Director
Segen Yosef

Sara Perks

Movement Director
Bronya Deutsch

Lighting & Video Designer
​​​Sarah Readman

Sound Designer
Elena Pena

Assistant Sound Designer
Sebek Sturgeon


Sentry / Chorus
Caitlin Scott

Conor Dumbrell

Dominic Rawson

Echion / Chorus
Emmanuel Olusanya

Isabel Salazar

Cadmus / Chorus
Johannes Schreiber

Rahshan Wall

Captain / Chorus
Jude Mack

Julia Messina

Laura Trosser

Saroja-Lily Ratnavel

Joe Sefton

Riley Neldam

Victor Ciri

Production Team

Production Manager
Gusta Matthews

Stage Manager on the Book
Hayley Bowman

Assistant Stage Managers
Tara Daynes
Calum Priestley

Chief Electrician
Anna Eagle

Deputy LX
Vadim Wilkie

Lighting Crew
Fintan Beirne
Emily Compton
Olivia Dunne
Michael Fleming
Claudia Penna Rojas
Brent Tan
Sam Tate

Production Sound Engineer
Kirsty Robson

Sound Assistants
Marcus Grove
Murong Li
Ewen Roberts
Daisy Simmons

Production Carpenter
Harry Masters

Construction Crew
Avery Elliot
Jas Fuller
Lucas Harle
Alyssia Jones
Tom McCreadie
Stephanie Siraut
Callum Watson
Marie Zschommler

Wardrobe Supervisor
Georgia Rose

Costume Assistant
Lesley McKirdy

Costume Assistant
Lisa Hickey

Photos: Alex Brenner