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Experience Beowulf at Freshwater Library

Tue 17 Dec 2013

Experience Beowulf at Freshwater Library

If you haven't got time to visit the Isle of Wight before the year is out, fear not as there are plenty of great reasons to catch a ferry from Southampton in 2014. 

One of these is the chance to see a performance of 'Beowulf' by local actor and storyteller Eltjo De-Vries at Freshwater Library on the evening of January 20th. 

For those unfamiliar with the tale, 'Beowulf' is an Old English heroic epic poem set in Scandinavia consisting of more than 3,000 lines, and considered one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. It features dragons, fierce battles and magic swords and so makes for fascinating listening for those aged 12 and above. 

De-Vries is also the perfect person to tell it, as he will use his 20 years of experience as a professional performer to really bring the tale to life. No two renditions delivered by the trained actor are the same, so you're in for a unique and special treat if you attend. 

Tickets for the show cost £3.50 and are available from the library. As if you needed any more reason to attend, a third of all the money raised on the night will go Get a Life!, a charity aiming to provide practical and emotional support for anyone who has experienced a life-altering illness or injury.

If you can't attend on January 20th, do look out for other performances by De-Vries around the island. As well as 'Beowulf', he regularly tells 'The Grimm's Fairy Tales' and 'Tales from Around the World' and acts at the Shanklin Theatre in various productions. 

The Freshwater Library often puts on other events too, and this month if hosting 'Winter Views' - an exhibition of paintings by three talented local artists.

However, Ruth Gray, Ann Greenhill and Sheila Plucknett's pictures will only be on display until December 21st 2013, so there's not long left to enjoy this free show. ADNFCR-3083-ID-801673597-ADNFCR

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