Liz Lochhead's Thebans revisits the ancient myths of the Kingdom of Thebes, drawing together the stories of Oedipus, Jokasta and Antigone. It was first performed at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on 2 August 2003, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The play draws on Sophocles' version of the stories of Oedipus and Antigone, with the addition of an interlude taken from various versions (but mainly Euripides) of the story of Jokasta, mother of Antigone and both the wife and mother of Oedipus. The stories tell of Oedipus unknowingly killing his father and marrying his mother, Antigone risking everything to bury the body of her brother killed in the internecine war, and Kreon's period of rule. Lochhead's play tells how three generations of a family cursed by the gods had their chances to determine their own fate, but through ignorance, selfishness or greed destroyed themselves.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival premiere was directed and designed by Graham McLaren and performed by Jennifer Black, Peter Collins, Barrie Hunter, John Kazek, Lucianne McEvoy, Bill Murdoch, Rebecca Rodgers, Ian Skewis and Vari Sylvester.