Belvoir presents Brecht’s classic play of truth, lies and science, with the great Colin Friels starring as the revolutionary scientist in Life of Galileo. Belvoir St Theatre will be completely re-configured in the round with a full re-design and construction exclusively for this remarkable production.
Directed by the 2019 Helpmann Award nominated Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack (Counting and Cracking), Life of Galileo is a portrait of a man who realises the entire system is based on lies – and his backdown when the forces of money and orthodoxy threaten him. Has the great Galileo betrayed science and the future? Or has he just found a more subtle way of speaking truth to power?
The story of one man’s lonely and heroic stand against the forces of authority, Life of Galileo is an eerily prescient and unmissable play about the tensions between the pursuit of knowledge, and the power of official ideology.
“In the popular mind, theatre is synonymous with ‘faking it’, when actually theatre is one of the few crucibles of truth left, and the world outside is a pack of comfortable convenient lies,” said Belvoir artistic director, Eamon Flack. “It’s no coincidence that Galileo’s battle against the church and Brecht’s battle against nutbag ideology are the best guide to truth and lies in public life today. At a time when governments just make up numbers this play is an invigorating dose of honesty. Its central character’s love of facts, free thought, our capacity for working out better ways of doing things, is just such a relief. More truth!”
Adapted by Tom Wright.
Thursdays to Saturdays, 7.30pm to 10pm
Sundays, 5pm to 7.30pm
Saturday 3 August to Sunday 15 September 2019
Student Saver: $30.00