Galileo on trial at the SJT

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THE Trials of Galileo, about the physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher’s trial for heresy in 1634, is at the Stephen Joseph Theatre tomorrow, at 7.45pm.

Written by Nic Young, it focuses on the events surrounding the trial and how Galileo misjudged the politics and thinking of the time. 

In 1610, Galileo looked through his telescope and discovered incontrovertible proof that the earth revolved around the sun. This was contrary to what the Church taught, that the earth was the centre of the universe.

By publishing his findings, he challenged both the teaching and the power of the Church. While his discovery has become fundamental to modern science and beliefs, at the time he was considered too much of a danger to the Church’s authority to be left unchallenged.

Nic Young and Tim Hardy, who plays Galileo, worked together on the BBC documentary series Days That Shook the World. Nic then wrote The Trials of Galileo for Tim to perform on stage.

The production premiered in Indianapolis in 2008 and has been presented at some of the most prestigious schools in the US, including Catholic college Notre Dame.

Tim is an actor, director and freelance faculty member at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has narrated over 300 television documentaries for the History and Discovery channels. Recent acting credits include Casualty 1909, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the American musical Parade at Edinburgh Festival.