The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot will be performed at a Winchester city centre church next month. 

Directed by Rachel O'Neill, featuring Arthur L. Wood, and staged in association with 2TimeTheatre, performances will be on October 11, 12 and 13 at 7.30pm in St. Lawrence's Church. 

Rachel's direction brings new life to the powerful themes and complexities of the poetic work, written in 1922. 

The production explores human struggles, society's disconnection, and the pursuit of meaning in a fast-paced, chaotic world.

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Actor Arthur L. Wood studied drama at Winchester University and has been granted permission from the Eliot estate to bring this performance to the city. He takes on the challenge to bring a nuanced portrayal of the poem, delving deep into the complexities of the human psyche. 

Hampshire Chronicle: Arthur L. Wood

The production will be presented very simply, allowing the intimacy of the 12th Century church to become the backdrop. Cellist Katherine Hodgkinson will add to the resonance with moments from Gabriel Fauré, Kenneth Jones, and others. 

Rachel said: "We are thrilled to present this unique rendition of The Waste Land. 
"The poetic beauty and thought-provoking nature of TS Eliot's work have always fascinated me, and I am excited to explore its depths.”

Arthur said: “This poem has captivated me for several years. Eliot’s unique style both perplexes and enlightens; voices collide, times merge, languages criss-cross. I’m looking forward to bringing it alive in this unique opportunity.” 

Tickets for the performance are available now and can be purchased through Ticket Source.