Announcing ASTRA FEST, a week of events to celebrate ASTRA by Naomi Foyle & Raven Kaliana:
the Brighton Fringe ONCA Green Curtain Award-winning multimedia theatre show for adults. Booking links follow each event.
TUESDAY FEB 21: Screening of ASTRA followed by Q&A with Naomi Foyle and Raven Kaliana. Age 16+. BSLI + Captions; Audio Description available online. ONCA Gallery, Brighton, 6:40-9 pm. £10/£8 concs. Film (70 mins) starts sharp at 7. Refreshments provided.
ASTRA is an adaptation of eco-SF novels The Gaia Chronicles by Naomi Foyle, designed and directed by Raven Kaliana. The story depicts a post-fossil fuel society struggling toward social justice and balance with the Earth. Themes include racism, disability rights, child abuse and climate crisis. The after-show discussion offers an opportunity for audience members affected by these issues to speak out and connect with others who share your concerns, including local groups working to problem-solve. Book for the screening/Q&A here.
FRIDAY FEB 24: The Ascent of Inanna: Online Creative Writing workshop with Naomi Foyle. 7-9pm. £16.50/£11.50 concs.
The story of ASTRA is based on the ancient Sumerian myth of Inanna, the Goddess of Love and War. In this two-hour culturally sensitive and LGBTQI+ positive creative writing workshop, we will explore the myth of Inanna’s descent into the Underworld; respond with writing exercises (poetry or fiction, as you choose); and share the results (if you like). Dr Naomi Foyle teaches CW at the University of Chichester, and this workshop is suitable for 16+ writers of all levels. Max 8 students. Book for the CW workshop here.
Please note: this session is a taster for Revisiting The Odyssey, a 4 week online creative writing course by Naomi Foyle, Tuesdays Mar 7 – 28th. (£45/£65). More info/book for the CW course in March here.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FEB 25 + 26. Shadow Animation for Social Change Workshop with Raven Kaliana. ONCA Gallery, Brighton, 10am-4pm. £100/£150.
Learn to create exciting animations with paper, light, and colours – which can be video recorded and shared to striking effect. Puppetry has always represented the
voice of the people – the effect is magnified with independently produced film. Complete the workshop with the creation of a short film which can help communicate
local concerns to an international audience, share personal experiences, and to touch the hearts of others – which can help build community connections to help shift social injustice.Book for the Shadow Animation Workshop here.
ASTRA is supported by Arts Council England, the University of Chichester, Brighton Fringe, Chichester Fringe, European Mediterranean Resources Network, urbanflo, Brighton & Hove Pride Culture ConneX, ONCA Gallery