Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave returns to Winchester for benefit for asylum seekers

Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave returns to Winchester for benefit for asylum seekers

Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave returns to Winchester for benefit for asylum seekers

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OSCAR-winner Vanessa Redgrave is appearing in a special one-night show in Winchester next month to raise funds for homeless refugees.

It’s the second time in less than a year the star of stage and screen has performed in the city to support Southampton and Winchester Visitors’ Group (SWVG) which befriends destitute asylum seekers.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening called Thoughts, Poems, and Songs, in St John’s House, The Broadway, for SWVG and American Independence Day on Friday July 4, starting at 6pm.

The veteran star will be joined on stage by her actress daughter-in-law, Jennifer Wiltsie and guitarist Mike Outram, who tours, plays and records internationally as well as being a professor at Trinity College of Music.

Vanessa raised more than £5,000 for the local charity last October when she spoke about her remarkable life and career in conversation with journalist Jenny Cuffe at St Swithun’s School.

SWVG’s Hazel Still said: “Vanessa was so moved by some of the situations she heard about from the asylum seekers she met that she immediately wanted to help again.”

She added: “I think this evening will show Vanessa at her best as she has chosen some of her favourite poems to read in those wonderful, rich, compelling tones.”

The star was first invited to perform by Shirley Firth, mother of fellow Oscar-winner Colin Firth and a founder member of SWVG, who lives in Winchester.

For tickets contact Jessica Hasan on 07503 176350 or email secretary@swvg-refugees.org.uk Tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £10 for students.

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