STUDENTS from the University of Winchester exhibit their best pieces of work on Thursday, June 5 in a showcase titled Futures 08 at the Theatre Royal, Winchester.

The event is an opportunity to experience the best in contemporary dance, drama, performance and film from the Faculty of Arts.

The faculty has a reputation for producing some of the most cutting edge and interesting pieces of creative work in the south of England.

Spokeswoman Sharon Armstrong-Williams said: "Futures is held every year and it continues to intrigue, impress and inform all those who see it. Its fresh, new approach has constantly captured the imagination of the audience and the event continues to grow both artistically and in popularity."

The event is part of the university and the theatre's commitment to providing new artists with an opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting.

Futures 08 features the following performances: As Much As Memory Can Allow is a piece about nostalgia that was created using the dancers' personal histories.

Rebecca: Je Reviens by The Shymakers Since the death of Daphne du Maurier, her once private and secretive life has now uncontrollably entered the public domain. Is there a possibility of reading Rebecca, her most famous novel, in order to further read Daphne and the turmoil within her own life?

Pennaeous, plumulaceous, vexillum is a contemporary dance piece that concentrates on a physical response to a trilogy of white paintings by the choreographer. All of the paintings depict a dorsal feather of a seagull at different magnifications. Like the dancers, they are the same at a glance, yet subtly different in texture and dynamic when regarded carefully.

Futures '08 takes place at the Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday, June 5 at 7pm. Tickets cost £6, £5 for University staff and £4 for students and are available from the Theatre Royal box office on 01962 840440.