Hollie McNish is to write a new version of Antigone, marking the first play she has written on her own.
The production will run from May 22 to June 13, as part of Chester’s Storyhouse new season.
McNish, a poet and spoken word artist, was the former poet in residence at the theatre and has published five books including Nobody Told Me, for which she won the Ted Hughes Award.
Her previous theatre collaborations include Offside, which ran at Clapham’s Omnibus theatre in 2017.
Alex Clifton, artistic director at Storyhouse, said:”Hollie’s words make everyone feel they are her friend: anyone who has read her stuff feels they know her; feels she knows them.
“Her writing fizzes with ideas that sit right in the middle of Antigone: parenthood, immigration, gender, the role of the state in our daily lives.”
He added: “This version will forefront the voices of young women and girls, with girls from our youth theatre taking the role of the chorus.
“Hollie is the perfect person to voice all of its characters and make an Antigone that matters now.”