A new play in association with Holocaust Memorial Day
The cast of Drowned or Saved? at the bar after a reading (from StormBlast FB)
In association with Holocaust Memorial Day, StormBlast is proud to present its new play 'Drowned or Saved?', a theatrical portrait of Primo Levi, who survived Auschwitz and went on to have an extremely successful careers both as chemist and writer.
The play is set on the day he died, and it imagines an encounter with the prophet Elijah. As the play unfolds, Elijah takes him through a series of memories and fantasies. Primo is brought face to face with what it means to have survived, and to have spent a lifetime bearing witness.
Drowned or Saved? has been described as, " An imagined evocation of the final few hours of the life of Holocaust survivor Primo Levi ... presenting a semi staged production of this piece of new writing to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day." It is brought to you by StormBlast Theatre Company. The tight cast plays four characters: Primo Levi, Prophet Elijah, Null Atchzen and Lucia/Mrs Giordanino. The director is Geoffrey Williams and the producer is Niall Dingle.
Drayton Arms (from venue's website)
It is only at the Drayton Arms Pub and Theatre on Sunday 4th February and Monday 5th February. Admission is FREE and there is no age restriction. It is a One Act Play lasting 80 minutes. The Drayton Arms Pub and Theatre is at 153 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW5 0LJ.
Primo Levi's book The Periodic Table, which was published in 1975, won the Best Science Book Ever award in 2006. It beat competition from such famous writers and scientists as Richard Dawkins, Tom Stoppard, and even Charles Darwin to win the vote at an event organised by the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. It linked to qualities of the elements. One of his other best-known books is If This Is a Man published in 1947. It is his account of his survival of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Levi died in 1987 from injuries sustained in a fall from a third-storey apartment. His death was officially ruled a suicide, but some have suggested that the fall was accidental.
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