I went to the theatre yesterday to see a production of 12 Angry Men. A cast of 13 white men on stage all the time shouting and persuading by turns about what “beyond reasonable doubt” actually means.

One juror was played by Tom Conti who has always been a personal favourite actor but the performances were all excellent. The stage was cleverly set with rain soaked windows, a table which was manually turned by the cast slowly throughout the show so that we could see the jury from various perspectives.

The topic resonates as profoundly now as it did in the old Henry Fonda film. We still rush to judgement unless we pause to examine the facts.

This was the end of the run. Which is a shame. It was exciting to see a full theatre with so many men in the audience. Interesting that it is the serious stuff that is bringing people in.

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