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Author Naomi Foyle, director Raven Kaliana, dramaturg Hassan Mahamdallie and composer/theatre artist Mo’min Swaitat have teamed together to create ASTRA ‒ a multimedia theatre production for adults based on Naomi Foyle’s eco-sci-fi quartet The Gaia Chronicles. ASTRA premiered at BRIGHTON FRINGE 2022 and won the ONCA Green Curtain Award for work that engages artists and audiences with social and environmental challenges.

BSL Interpretation and Audio Description are integrated into this fully accessible production.  All Sharings follow with Post-Show Discussions on the powerful themes of the play, including racism, disability activism, child abuse and climate catastrophe. 

SEE the show

ASTRA will be performed again at Chichester Fringe (Sunday July 3rd 1:50 pm | £10/£7 concs): book your ticket HERE. A limited number of free tickets are available for invited guests. If you have been invited to the show, please book your ticket HERE.   

If you are a theatre professional and would like to see a film of the show at our Online Industry Sharing, to be attended by our International Theatre Consultant Peter Hinton-Davis OC, please email info@astratheatre.earth for more details.

The universe of Astra

Set in a post-apocalyptic Mesopotamia, this visually rich and thought-provoking play for adults will feature a wilful young heroine, Astra Ordott.  A bisexual teenager of mixed heritage, Astra introduces us to the sustainable innovations of an eco-paradise – Is-Land, her beloved homeland – reclaimed from global disaster through great coordination and effort.  The suspicious death of a family member, however, exposes sinister truths about Astra’s world, shattering her beliefs and forcing her to take a new view of the Non-Landers – destitute but determined refugees living across the border in a nuclear wasteland.

 

Click on the green ‘hotspots’ to explore Is-Land! 

Community Forum

The live play is being performed as a work-in-progress to Community Forums of invited guests from grassroots organisations working on issues raised by the piece: climate change, refugee rights, cultural diversity and inclusion, disability rights, sexual violence, child abuse, LGBT+ rights, and equality.  Intended to inspire ideas for moving forward from the Covid pandemic, the post-show discussion will ask: how do we address social justice issues while mitigating the impact of the Climate Emergency as we rebuild?  The performances will also be open to paying members of the public, providing further opportunity to build coalition and cross-pollinate ideas. 

The online Industry Sharing  will also be followed by an audience discussion, giving participants a chance to help develop a post-pandemic resurgence of innovative and socially engaged theatre practice in the UK, and to exchange ideas with international colleagues.

Feedback from the Forums and the Sharing will help the ASTRA creative team improve the show and develop community engagement around the issues it raises.

Or is Astra’s home community in the Dry Forest, Is-Land. Click on the green ‘hotspots’ to explore! 

Images of Raven Kaliana's shadow puppetry and animation including marionettes of two children, hand puppets of two deer, shadow puppets of a goat climbing a mountain and a mother and child inside a lantern.

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Collaboration, diversity and inclusion are values at the heart of the vision of ASTRA. The production promotes diversity and challenges ablism with the use of inclusive casting and will present a narrative arc that moves toward a global society based on peace, justice and human rights. If you are part of a Charity or Community Group and would like to send one or more representatives to our Community Forum; or if you are a theatre professional who would like to participate in the Zoom version of the event, please contact us to request inclusion on the guest list.

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