What’s On: The Tragedy of Socrates (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble)

Rob Pensalfini (front) and Rebecca Murphy (behind) in rehearsals for the staged reading of The Tragedy of Socrates

The Tragedy of Socrates

13 – 16 November

The Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia

Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble present a staged reading of The Tragedy of Socrates by Silvan Rus, continuing QSE’s tradition of providing space, time, and people for new work to flourish

Five years after the surrender of ancient Athens in the cataclysmic Peloponnesian War, Socrates, an Athenian philosopher, is charged with disbelieving the gods and corrupting the youth of his city. The Tragedy of Socrates will bring to life Plato’s philosophical dialogues, in an exciting new verse adaptation by QSE Core Ensemble actor Silvan Rus, portraying the philosopher’s defence in court, his imprisonment, and his death by hemlock.

The Tragedy of Socrates playwright Silvan Rus

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble is proud to present this play in development, directed by Shane Pike, that asks the question, “why should the truth outweigh our fear of death?” Brisbane audiences have the opportunity to support a new work that, once in full fruition, will show ancient battle, the entangling of international alliances, and a warrior whose enterprise of truth should coin him as the last Athenian.

For ticketing and further information, visit the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble website.


Special Events

Q&A and Gala:

Wednesday 13 November includes a Q&A with playwright Silvan Rus and UQ’s Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History, Professor Alastair Blanshard. Enjoy free drinks and nibbles after the show.

2020 Season Launch:

Friday 15 November, mingle with the cast and company after the performance and enjoy free refreshments as QSE launch their exciting 2020 Season!


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