But last night one of the lines he spoke really hit me, perhaps for the first time and it makes the title of this particular blog post:
"People know they do this...but what they do"
The character is referring to the acts of torture carried out by the various governments in the play and I can't help but reflect that this is the state of terrible complicite that we all exist in, both in the UK, US and various other nations around the world that utilise torture.
We know what goes on, we are not naive but we, in a sense, give it our approval because we think that it is required, some how, as a tool to defend us or that the people being tortured are in some way deserving of it.
And yet, in reality, we only have the faintest grasp of what it means to torture, what acts are carried out in our name and the full implications of these acts; on our humanity, our reason and our historical standing.
And I hope, through Zero, people watching the play will take some time, no matter how small, to make a reflection of their own on what has been done in our name.