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16-24 October 2021
Out of the Zoomiverse and back in the real world!
Saturday 16 - Friday 22 October
The Tale of the Whale
Padmacandra is an illustrator based in Norfolk. The Tale of the Whale invites children to imagine the beauty of the sea, and consider their responsibilities to the environment, with a direct plea to end plastic pollution.
After a reading of the book, Padmacandra will lead an interactive session bringing out the message that the Whale is trying to communicate to the child in the book: the beauty of the ocean, and the peril of plastic pollution. This is followed by a craft activity where the group can create a shoal of colourful fish!
Look up as Lorna tells stories of her relationship with the troposphere and the journey of a lifetime with her father. Contemplate the mutability of clouds and of humanity.
Even the most seemingly featureless skies provide plentiful material.
Kure Kure, Faraway
Kure Kure, Faraway, is an epic tale addressing themes of identity, migration, assimilation and empowerment framed in the legends of her Shona ancestors and her own highly personal story of settling in the UK.
This performance includes story-telling, musicians, dance and film.
Long Nose Puppets
Based on the heart-warming and funny book 'The Hug' by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar. Starring a Hedgehog and a Tortoise both in search of a restorative hug.
Set to Tom Gray's beautiful and witty music, the audience are invited on a journey full of fun, laughter and love...and at the end, a very special hug from the puppets.
AFLO. The Poet & guests
AFLO. is a Brightonbased spoken word artist and scholar-activist.
AFLO. uses poetry to express her lived experiences and to challenge dominant narratives.
AFLO. will be joined by other artists from
Hastings and Brighton.
A spit and sawdust wordsmith whose poems document 21st century British life with wit, humanity, and panache.
A Fringe First winner for new writing, The Stage award winner for acting and Best Spoken Word Performer (Sabotuer 2021), Luke Wright performs his work with snarl and spit. This performance can be watched in person or online.
“COOL POEMS.” PATTI SMITH
“A RIOT!”☆☆☆☆☆ HUFFINGTON POST
LINK TO FILM COMING SOON
Letter to my
Little Queer Self and other stories
What would you say in a letter to
your little Queer self?
During lockdown, hotpencil press approached LGBTQ+ artists, writers and activists to write letters to their younger selves. This event will celebrate the publication of these stories with a selection of readings from contributors and local queer folk alongside new presentations from pastpublications, There Is No Word For It andThe Butch Monologues.
Produced incollaboration with Home Live Art
Old Time Sailors
An unforgettable muscial trip to the19th century. Sing along and become a Sailor for one epic night! Join the crew of17 musicians for a 3 hour show with breaks. Join in over 40 songs and tunes surrounded by drunken Sailors, with a magnificent stage set of a 19th century vessel.
*Vegan option available
Award-winning British children’s writer and illustrator, Thomas Taylor, painted the cover art for the first edition of Harry Potter and the
His Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series is said to be inspired be Hastings and the first book, Malamandar, is soon to be made into a block-buster movie by Sony Pictures directed by Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4 and Inside Out).
Saturday 23 October: Godesses & Heroines
Xanthe Gresham: Goddesses and Heroines Storytelling for Families
Since ancient times, goddesses and heroines have given shape to the wonders of our world. Ride through the forest to Baba Yaga's hut of bones, surf the spray to play with Aphrodites's dolphins - be feisty, be fearless and become a legend.
‘Xanthe’s sparky energy conjures visionary delights like a storytelling genie.’ British Theatre Review
Emily Hennessey and Sheema Mukherjee: Kali
From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, Kali is the wildest shape-shifter of all - demon-slayer, life-saver, supreme-mother and destruction-dancer.
‘When an evil power spreads its clawed hands across the world, Kali's time has come...’
Join internationally renowned storyteller Emily Hennessey and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee in a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces and saffron scented markets.
‘Extraordinary tales for a transfixed audience’ British Theatre Guide
The Red Rebel Brigade and Juliette Russel: The Pledge
In the build up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October, 'The Pledge' combines music from Juliet Russells celebrated new album Vox Salva with specially chosen pledges created & recorded by the people of Hastings to honour this Land, Sky and Sea.
A beautiful musical event, with an oportunity to write your own sentence to be added to a specially created book of over a thousand pledges.
The founder of the Red Rebel Brigade, Doug Francisco will join locals, Laura Coppin and Rosy Pendlebury to powerfully connect with the audience and illuminate the global climate crisis. Using their signature, silent performance; lines, tableaus and spirals, the Reds will honour the grief of the earth.
www.vocalexplosion.co.uk https://youtu.be/1oooB6pkivw ‘The beautiful singing of Juliet Russell calls like a siren summoning us’ TOTAL THEATRE
The Venus Bushfires with Helen Epega
Helen Epegais the only constant member of creative collective, The Venus Bushfires. The Nigerian-British singer-songwriter, composer and performance artist harnesses influences from avant-garde, psychedelic, tribal and meditative arts, drawinginspiration from musical and creative pioneers such as Fela Kuti and Kate Bush, creating music and stories that explore the sensual and the spiritual. She describes her music as Afro-Sonic.
She is known for captivating, trance inducing live sets, immersive performance-art shows and impromptu sound journeys in unusual spaces.
Livia Gaudencio / Violeta Luna: Urucum - Oracle of Demarcated Bodies
The premise of Urucum is that the violation of Mother Earth is mirrored by the history of violence against women. Brazilian performance artist, Livia Gaudencio, in collaboration with Violeta Luna from Mexico, forges a new archetype of Goddess Power in response to Jair Bolsonaro's recent legislation to open indigenous lands to new deforestation. Contains Oracle consultation and nudity.
‘Livia opens a portal to the collective unconscious – a powerful healing force” Christina Fornaciari’ – Magdalena Project
Sunday 24 October: Children's Day & Parade
Arrive early to avoid disappointment - no bookings
Carnival parade at 3.15pm
If it's wet, don't fret! All our stories are under cover!
The Stade, Rock-A-Nore Rd, TN34 3DW
Bambolina and Dodo by Circle of Two
IWhen the clock strikes twelve, magic begins and a doll comes to life…
A simple and touching story about an eccentric inventor who struggles to control his latest creation.
The mesmerising perfomance combines a variety of performing disciplines, such as mime, slap-stick comedy and acrobatics.
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