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Apology of Socrates

by Plato

“When I don't know, I never suppose that I do”

Apology of Socrates, a dramatization of the famous Greek philosopher’s defence, presents his rebuttals to a guilty verdict and death sentence. In the Apology, reported to us by Plato, Socrates’ disciple, the wise man of Athens firmly and eloquently defends himself – rather than apologizing in the contemporary sense – against several politically motivated accusations that included not believing in the gods of the state and of corrupting Athenian youth.

Christian Poggioni embodies this eccentric yet magnetic personality. The play is profoundly social, political, but above all human and captivates the audience by the humour, immediacy and simplicity of the actor’s rendition.

Take a seat in the court of ancient Athens as Socrates goes on trial for his life. Hear the philosopher, facing his accusers with his trademark wit, cutting logic and the courage of his ideals. Consider his arguments on virtue, justice, civic duty, love of life and hope in death.

Is he guilty or not guilty?

Directed and performed by Christian Poggioni
Original score “Requiem for Socrates” by Irina Solinas
Set and costume design Aurélie Borremans

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