“They try to flay you with statistics, whip you with numbers, hide behind the tyranny of mathematics. But I say, nothing’s hidden. Open your eyes.” – Galileo
Brecht’s classic play of individual liberty and political suppression hits the Belvoir stage with the redoubtable Colin Friels as the wily, pugnacious scientist. A portrait of a man who realises the entire system is based on lies – and of his backdown when the forces of money and orthodoxy threaten him.
Has Galileo betrayed science and the future? Or has he just found a more subtle way of speaking truth to power?