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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 13 FEATURE Justice Emilios Kyrou will be one of three judges on the case. Lex Marinos to play Meletus. Tony Nikolakopoulos will play Socrates. QC Julian Burnside will be on Socrates’ defence team. Jacques-Louis David’s famous painting, The Death of Socrates (1787). Socrates in the room who can answer questions. "From a creative point of view we are far more engaged when we can actually see the subject," he says. The director of the production, the Hellenic Museum's own CEO John Tatoulis, wants the case to be as close to the real thing as possible, thereby creating a space that is stripped back, encouraging the audience to listen and make up their own minds along with the judges. "The audience should feel like they're involved and part of the process," Tony says. "Hopefully they don't heckle questions, but get to the point that they feel as though they want to say something as well." While they will try and stick to the laws and procedures that were around in ancient times, Justice Kyrou admits it will be "inevitable" that modern sensitivities will enter the mix. "We have almost 2,000 years of additional understanding in terms of legal principles and so on, so I think it is inevitable that parallels with today's society and legal principles will be sought by either side to bring in to the equation to assist their case either against him or for him," he says. Seeing the case in modern eyes has also got Justice Kyrou thinking if the charges would fly in a modern law court. "The charges would have to be very clear and precise, there would be particulars of the charges rather than that of corrupting the youth," he muses. "You will never be able to charge someone of an offence like that because it is too vague." Mr Papas believes while society has changed significantly, the core principles in the case haven't. "The central issues in this case haven't changed in over 2,500 years in terms of the rights of the individual to speak freely, the importance of a cohesive society in the common interest," he says. "The issues are still alive today." The Hellenic Museum will present The Retrial of Socrates on Saturday 7 March at 6.00 pm. Tickets are $95 for adults and $80 for concession. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hellenic.org.au If you have a look at the description of him in Plato’s Apology, he was a very interesting man, he was difficult, he was very confronting, and he offended people. QC Nicholas Papas The trial will merge contemporary ideas with ancient proceedings.
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