The Drowned and the Saved

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The Chapel, King Alfred's Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR

In a new play The Drowned and the Saved dramatist Peter Billingham, Professor of Modern Drama and Performance at the University of Winchester, revisits the 5th century Celtic narrative of St Brendan, radically reimagining the Saint's journey and focussing on our world of refugees risking their lives on perilous seas. 

St Brendan was a 5th century Irish Abbot who is said to have discovered America, 400 years before the Vikings and 800 years before Columbus. In the 1970's, explorer Tim Severin proved Brendan's North Atlantic journey was possible, sailing a leather currach from Ireland to Newfoundland, via Shetland, Iceland and Greenland.

The play is directed by Martin Jakeman, with original music written and performed by Alexis Bennett. Beyond Boundaries, an exhibition of paintings by Maz Jackson, on display in the Chapel, complements performances of the play.

Performances take place on Tuesday 30 October, Thursday 1 November and Friday 2 November at 7pm. Saturday 3 November at 2pm.

Performance tickets available (in person) from Faculty of Arts Office (available between 10am and 3pm) or on the door: £10 or students/concessions £5. Cash only please.

The Drowned and the Saved forms part of Reimagining the voyage of St Brendan in today's world of homelessness and refugees, a series of four events resulting from a collaboration between international award-winning practitioners, artist Maz Jackson and Peter Billingham.

Other events in the series include , an exhibition of paintings by Maz Jackson to complement performances of the play, and St Brendan's Voyage, an exhibition of woodcut prints, also by Maz Jackson, in The Link Gallery. The collaboration will conclude with a  open to all and a final performance of the play.

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