HEAR US – Citizens.
After the murder of King Laius by Oedipus at the place where three roads meet, it is now sixteen years on and plague and famine have ravaged Thebes. The citizens express their longing for their gods to save them and then anger at King Oedipus for being absent in their time of need.
ANOTHER PLACE AND TIME – Haemon and Antigone.
Daughter to Oedipus and Jocasta and son of Creon, the two young lovers Antigone and Haemon have had a falling out. They sing this duet from separate locations, Antigone from her home and Haemon from a distant hillside. The instrumental section in the middle can afford a moment of dreamlike interaction.
EVERYONE SAY 'AYE' – Kastor, Polykarpus, Yorgos, Simonides, Eusebius and Apollonia.
The lynch mob, believing eyewitness Eusebius to be the murderer they’re looking for, convince each other that killing him will rid the city of the famine and plague as the Oracle said. Eusebius and his pregnant wife Apollonia protest his innocence.
WHO WOULD BE A KING? – Oedipus.
Oedipus now alone reflects on the burdens of being king. He sympathises with the gods on Olympus. This moment comes soon after the confrontation with his brother-in-law, Creon, who he believes is plotting against him.
RUMOUR, GOSSIP AND SPECULATION – Citizens.
After Oedipus’s self blinding and Jocasta’s suicide, the citizens are uncertain as to what’s happened since no-one’s informed them. Rumours and half truths have gone about the town and are now shared amongst each other.
WHEN A MAN GOES BLIND – Creon.
Accused by Oedipus of conspiring against him, Creon – Jocasta’s brother – expresses his bewilderment at his accusation. He professes his innocence and reflects on Oedipus’s mental blindness.
FOR US – Eusebius and Apollonia.
Eusebius, the attendant who served the former king and the only man who knows the true identity of the murderer, is urged to confess by his wife Apollonia for the good of all and especially for their yet to be born child.
THE QUEEN OF SHAME – Jocasta.
Jocasta, the queen, now knows the truth that Oedipus is the murderer of her former husband and what’s more the man she’s married and loved is in fact her son. She barricades herself in her room and prepares for her suicide – hanging herself with the sheets from their bed.