The key to a bold and original approach to the mission, arrest, trial and death of Jesus is the title; Son of Man. He is portrayed as a man agonized by the feeling of divinity within him, and with all a man’s capacity for suffering and pain. “Father, let me be just a man,” he cries; and, to his disciples. “He (Son of Man) cannot be other than a man, or else God has cheated– and so my Father in Heaven will abandon me to myself.” The play also strongly reflects the historical and political situation in which the events occur– and examines in a new light the character and motives of Judas Iscariot. Originally a BBC Television play starring Colun Blakely, this stage version appeared at the Phoenix Theatre London in 1969 starring Frank Finlay.
Published by Samuel French