Sheffield University Drama Society
The Raft of the Medusa


The Raft of the Medusa

the story of the painting and the painting of the story

A new play by Dave Herbert performed Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd March 2013 in the Theatre Workshop

Our first outing in the Theatre Workshop (next door up from the rehearsal rooms on Shearwood Road) takes us back to 1816 - 1819 and the true story of the wreck of the frigate Medusa. Due to political wranglings and the appointment of an incompetent captain, the shipwrecked Medusa’s plight would be made infamous by the decision to build a raft on which to tow 150 people towards the West African shore. Twelve days later, after being abandoned completely, 15 survivors were picked up by The Argus. Thanks to the anger and determination of the survivors and the almost maniacal devotion of the young artist Theodore Gericault, the truth was forced upon the establishment three years later when the masterpiece was unveiled in the Paris salon. This play tells the story both of the survival of the wreck and Gericault’s journey towards The Raft of the Medusa.

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