Pitchy Breath Theatre in partnership With The Open University presents:
Antigone and Oedipus in the Age of Terror
Hawth Theatre, Hawth Avenue, Crawley West Sussex RH10 6YZ
2nd to 4th April 2009 First performed in the rubble of a bombed out theatre during the Bosnian civil war this version of the Oedipus and Antigone tragedy is a celebration of drama, music, and humanity in a time of war, economic collapse, and conflict.
There is darkness on the edge of town moving slowly and inevitably to destroy our way of life. But who is to blame, those in power or those who suffer at the hands of tyranny? And why is it always the next generation who pay the price. Is redemption possible?
All will be revealed in this festival of theatre magic from Pitchy Breath Theatre Company in partnership with The Open University.
The production is, of course, open to all and might be of particular value to students studying on the Open University’s exciting new course ARTS: PAST AND PRESENT (AA100)
Promenade Optional at some points.
Running time approx 2½ hours including two 20 minute intervals. Performances at 7.30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also at 2.30 on Saturday.
Early in the nineteenth century some more enlightened business owners started funding teaching for their workers. They realised that workers were more productive if they understood what they were doing. This was the beginning of things like the Mechanics' Institutes, and the knowledge that men learned there - maths, physics, engineering - was called "useful knowledge". It had to be "useful" of course or there was no reason to pay for it.
Later in the nineteenth century the workers began to demand a different kind of learning. They wanted to know about why it was that businesses worked the way they did. They wanted to know about their place in the world. They wanted to know about their relations to other peoples and about the human condition. They wanted politics, economics, philosophy. This was the birthplace of organisations like the Workers' Educational Association, which still carries on that philosophy today, both nationally and internationally. And ultimately they were ancestors of the Open University and its open admissions policy.
To distinguish this knowledge from the knowledge they learned on their bosses' behalf, they called it "really useful knowledge".
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. They are completely wrong. We all have only a little knowledge. The dangerous thing is being satisfied with that.
I am now retired after teaching online with the OU since 2000. I now have more time for useful things like sorting my stamp collection. I do bits and pieces of work for the Liberal Democrats. I still mourn the loss of Lewes's best ever MP, Norman Baker. I am usually online for about ten hours a day, living in my airing cupboard much of the time. Despite this I have a healthy skin colour and do not lack for company.