The Execution Of All Things

The Execution Of All Things

We live in peril of ourselves

Inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone, The Execution Of All Things will explore action, consequence and regret. 

Antigone has been sentenced to death. She sits in her tomb, buried alive. Her hands are bloodied, her nails torn from trying to escape, to scratch her way out. She is exhausted and alone. Was sacrificing her own life the right cost? What have her actions achieved? An hour ago she was so certain that she was doing the right thing. Now…

The Execution of All Things explores what it is to be absolutely certain, to be morally and ethically ‘right’. A piece about history, compromise and compassion; do we seek to understand, or to be understood?  


Anna Barnes is a Melbourne based author and playwright. 

In 2006, she was the winner of the Melbourne Fringe Festival’s playwriting award and was the co-winner of Malthouse 3Dfest competition for her play, In Remembrance. In 2007, she was the recipient of British Council’s Realise Your Dream Award funding her trip to study playwrighting at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In 2009, Melanie Beddie directed her short play Revelation or Bust as part of Aviary produced by Branch Theatre Company. A double bill of her work – A Small Death and In Remembrance – was produced by Five Point One Productions at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2010. In 2011, she was a writer-in-residence at Redstitch Actors Theatre’s working with dramaturge Petra Kalive. In July 2012, her first book Girl! The Ultimate Guide to Being You was published by Penguin, Australia. Girl! was named one of Eva Pownall Notable Books of 2013 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. In October 2012, she collaborated with cartoonist Sara Drake (USA) and radio producer Eliza Sarlos to present her personal story of living with anosmia at the Sydney Opera House’s Radio with Pictures for Graphic Festival. In April 2013, she was awarded the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award by Sydney Theatre Company for her play MinusOneSister. She is currently working with Creative Nonfiction on a geo-locative storytelling app to be based at Cockatoo Island called Ghosts of Biloela.


Petra Kalive trained at WAAPA (graduating 2004) and has since been working professionally as an actor, director, and dramaturg. Her adaptation of Peter Goldsworthy’s novel, Three Dog Night, toured nationally. As an actor she has worked for RealTV, Complete Works Theatre Company, and Adelaide Festival Centre, and had many guest appearances on television. She was appointed Dramaturg at Red Stitch in 2009–2012, was Assistant Dramaturg at the Malthouse in 2010, and was supported by the Australia Council to attend the New Visions/New Voices Festival at the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. in 2012.

At Melbourne Theatre Company she directed the Patrick White Award Winning Play, Beached, Kingdom of Cha, and was Assistant Director on Constellations. Her other directing credits include Arena Theatre Company, Complete Works Theatre Company, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, La Trobe and Monash University Performing Arts Programs. She will be assisting Kip Williams on Macbeth at Sydney Theatre Company later this year.

The Execution Of All Things



First draft in progress.