By: Jack Gerson

Starring: James Cairncross/Patrick Hannaway/Patrick Malahide


Tenebrae is the Latin term for shadows or darkness. The Christian religious service Tenebrae is characterised by the gradual extinguishing of candles while psalms and readings are chanted or recited, whilst in literature and popular culture, shadows have become a symbol of a peculiarly sinister darkness.

In tonight's interval feature, poet Michael Symmons-Roberts introduces his own personal reflection on the subject.

"To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images." - Plato, The Republic

Shadow -

1. a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.

2. shade or comparative darkness, as in an area.

3. darkness, especially that coming after sunset.

4. shelter; protection:

5. a slight suggestion; trace:.