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Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony
18 November, 2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This is an online event.
Please note: The format of this event has changed in response to the second UK national lockdown.
Join us for an online launch event of a new downloadable theatrical audio-walk.
On the cobbled promenade of historic Old Portsmouth stands a bronze statue. It commemorates a group of travellers who sailed from the city to the ‘new world’ of America in the late 14th century. Among those emigres was John White, a man who would become governor and the grandfather of Virginia Dare, the first English child to be born in the ‘new world’ in 1587. Since then, Virginia Dare has become part of American folklore, while the mysterious disappearance of the colonists in Roanoke has continued to fascinate historians, conspiracy theorists and the world of entertainment—on television, film and in music. Explore what might have happened to the lost colony, what it means to be ‘colonised’, and the power of imagining new worlds of our own.
This online event will launch a new audio-walk performance, including monologues, song, historical and social commentary and a task for participants. The writers and director will share information about the project and some excerpts of performance as well. The audio-walk recording – free to download – will be available for participants following the launch, and you are encouraged to take part as individuals, donning your coat and scarf, and perhaps visiting the site with your smartphone and earphones as part of your outdoor exercise during the forthcoming lockdown.
This event is part of the ‘Imagining New Worlds’ series by the University of Portsmouth.
Image: ‘Baptism of Virginia Dare’ by Henry Howe, Lithograph 1880
In partnership withUniversity of Portsmouth, The Square Tower Portsmouth, Portsmouth Central Library
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