There’s lots going on with WonderZoo this month, including an extra performance event on 28th to raise money for Plymouth’s amazing charity supporting people with issues around homelessness, substance abuse, offending behaviours and mental ill health, featuring a grand total of 15 performers (two of whom will be celebrating their birthdays!). All this, plus our usual performance event on 24th, which includes open mic slots this month. Both events will have live performers and people will also be able to join us on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Due to technical difficulties last month, we’ll be starting things off with an online event to launch our new anthology ‘Make War Not Art’, which includes work by writers and visual artists including David Hilton, Peekasu, Edith Blackbird, Lesley Constable and many others. The event will be on Zoom and Facebook Live from 7pm on 3rd June and will include readings of work in the anthology and a special video by the WonderZoo Crew exploring the history of Stonehouse.
On 4th June, our Radical Reading Group will meet online to explore Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s dystopian masterpiece ‘V for Vendetta’, then we’ll be meeting again on 16th to watch the film together.
5th June will be a big day, with Plymouth’s first online Respect Festival, themed by WonderZoo in collaboration with researcher Karen Moore around the Hidden Histories of diversity in Plymouth. Content will be streamed from 11am – 6pm, with a virtual parade featuring banners made with Karen Evans and dance choreographed by Fuse Dance – you might even spot the WonderZoo coordinators showing off a few moves! WonderZoo have created two short films, compered by our very own Queen Chi, showcasing some of the best diverse performers from the area, including Merris Longstaff, Robert Garnham and the legendary Mama Tokus.
On 11th May, all are welcome to join us online for our Cosmic Storytelling session, looking at writing and self-expression and how they can be used to express your identity and tell your own story.