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The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

In sixteenth century Seville Christ comes back to earth at the time of The Inquisition. The result is a fascinating exploration of philosophical, political, religious and ethical questions. Is free will and universal happiness incompatible ? Is the provision of material comfort and security more important than dependence on “faith”, even if it means degrees of totalitarianism and control ? Is unconditional love greater than everything else ? What is the story’s relevance to present day Ireland, Europe and the world?

The piece concentrates on the Inquisitor’s visit and interrogation of Jesus in his jail cell.

Running time 50 min approx, no interval