Plato's republic, book i
Our first project is to perform Book I of the
Republic. The actual dialogue is narrated by only one person:
Socrates. We have decided, however, to have each character in the story be
played by separate actors.
The beginning of the dialogue involves several
characters: Socrates, Glaucon, a slave, Polemarchus, Adeimantus, and
eventually Cephalus. Later we'll have Thrasymachus and Cleitophon.
So far, it's only the three of us
-- Peter, Hannah, and Alan -- so we are doubling up on
parts. In this recording, Peter is playing Socrates;
Hannah, the slave and Adeimantus; and Alan, Glaucon and
Polemarchus. We're doing the first couple of Stephanus
pages (327-8) just to hear how it sounds.
Draft of Republic 327-328
How should Cephalus sound?
Peter experiments with the speech in which Cephalus explains why it's really not bad to be old,
provided one has
PB's draft of Cephalus (329a-d)
Here's a new recording of Cephalus' speech...
The recording of 3/2 was done with a cheap microphone and Peter's laptop; this
one is much better as it was done with Dave and Eric. While I like the exchange between Sophocles and his
wink-wink-nudge-nudge questioner, it may be too over-the-top given that it's
Cephalus telling the story.