In the new production Oedipus + Antigonê from Adaptivity Theatre Company, the serious tales of the Greek tragedies are mixed with current events to create a story relevant to today's pandemic suffering audience.
Artistic director Kelly Wilson said the performance has been advanced from its original setting in ancient Greek times, and is now set slightly in the future, occurring in 2040.
Thebes, the city the play is centered on, is now a modern city recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's been modified and adapted to fit into the 21st century and specifically this time right now during 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic," she said.
"That's something unusual seeing a Greek tragedy set in times of modern plague pandemic."
Many of the characters have had their roles modified to make sense of this new change, with King Oedipus reimagined as a beloved doctor.
The play is still a serious performance but does engage moments of comedy relief. However, overall, Ms Wilson said it's a "very serious topic dealt with very seriously".
The production had been cast at the beginning of the year but had to be recast as many of the actors were in the health concern bracket for the pandemic.
"We're used to, as artists, that the show must go on. Even if you've got a little sniffle or a little cough you come into rehearsal and rehearse anyway," she said.
"That's had to stop. So we've had to get understudy's."
The cast is made up of 11 members, with only 58 people allowed in at a time as an audience.
"Come along because there will be surprise at how relevant ancient Greek tragedy is for today," she said.
"It will be an enjoyable evening of theatre, thought-provoking, and very current as well."
Anne Riley, who plays Creona in the stage show, said it's great to be back rehearsing with a group of talented and energetic people.
"We finally got this fabulous, creative project we can put our energy into. It's very exciting," she said.
"The relevance [of the show] is actually pretty phenomenal. You'd be quite surprised about how many crossovers there actually are [with modern day]."
Riley's character, Creona, is the female adaption of the original character, Creon.
"Playing the character as a female is really a gift, it's a very strong role. She's a politician, she's a leader, and some might say a tyrant, so I'm really enjoying that role," she said.
Riley stated the importance of Launceston artists being able to get back on the stage and perform again.
The performance will run from October 28-31 at the Earl Arts Centre. To purchase tickets visit www.theatrenorth.com.au.