The Trial Of Socrates
The Trial of Socrates is a "suicide comedy" that depicts the events leading up to and including the trial and subsequent death of the famous Greek philosopher. Essentially it is a play of ideas, character-based and dialogue-driven (mix of prose and blank verse), that explores themes of the right to dissent and freedom of thought, Socrates being the original dissident. With unexpected humour and wit, the story of Socrates has resonance for our time of Nelson Mandela, the shooting of cartoonists in Paris, and the idiocracy of Donald Trump.
At the heart of the play is the scruffy, smelly character of Socrates, who has a somewhat strange and whimsical sense of humour, often at his own expense. He likes his wine, his oatmeal cakes, and making love to his erotic wife; he does not like to take a bath. Provocative, funny, and ultimately moving as he is forced to take his own life at the behest of the Athenian State.