Where in the world is stowaway, scoundrel, shaman, and saint Johan Padan? Propelled into the New World by the flames of the Inquisition, Johan becomes an adventurer in spite of himself. Performing fantastical feats of surgery, prophecy and love, Johan’s tale is history told from the bottom up – in a world where riding your luck might be the death of you but riding a pig will save your life. An irreverent alternative to official commemorations of Columbus’ voyages, Johan Padan is an epic monologue with a cast of thousands. Written by Dario Fo, it will be performed in English translation at the fortyfive downstairs theatre in Melbourne (45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000: bookings on 03 9662 9966) from February 4-15, 2015.