Drowned or Saved? is an important new play based on the final day of the life of Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and successful chemist and author. This is an important play that promotes remembrance of the Holocaust, and questions whether that trauma can ever be recoverable? Performing at 5pm on Sunday the 4th of February and 7:30pm on Monday the 5th, at the Drayton Arms Theatre in Kensington, we are proud to be staging one of the first productions of this play to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018.
Drowned or Saved? is a theatrical portrait of Primo Levi, who survived Auschwitz and went on to have 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. This is understandably distressing to Primo, who was a lifelong atheist. 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.