The ANU Law Antigone drama group presents 'Rhinoceros'

Date & time
7pm Thursday 5 October – 7pm Friday 6 October 2017

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, The Australian National University

Director: Dorota Gozdecka


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Nicole Harman
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Antigone Law and Theatre Group is delighted to invite you to our performance of Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. Our group is comprised of law and art students who came together to critically engage with law and humanities in a performative capacity.

We believe the 'Rhinoceros' by Eugene Ionesco is both artistically challenging and relevant today. Written in 1959, the play takes the audience to a town where all the inhabitants, bar the protagonist, transform into rhinoceroses. The epidemic of ‘rhinoceritis’ was interpreted as an allegory for the mass uprising of Nazism and fascism before and during World War II.

Ionesco’s play addresses the mentality of those who easily succumb to the logic of totalitarian movements. It shows just how impressionable individuals might be and what attracts them to join totalitarian discourses. The play dubbed avant-garde and absurdist addresses many issues that turn out relevant today. What makes conformity easy? Are totalitarianisms born overnight? And finally do Rhinoceroses have rights or do we have a moral duty to resist them?


Earlybird (ends 15 September)

  • $12 students
  • $16 others


  • $16 students
  • $22 others


Jess Semler, Anita Moser, Eun Ju Kim-Baker, Natalya Nikhol, Mia Stone, Kelly Su, Pj Beran, Justine Poon


Dorota Gozdecka

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