honeysuckle direction: How Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark – project info

August 29, 2010

June has inherited her great-aunt’s notes on the secret joys of night-time gardening. She’s keen to give it a try. But the shrubbery is a forbidding place in the dark, the sky is full of clouds and a ghostly group of women astronomers seems to have taken up residence in the potting shed…

How Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark is a new work for performance originaly commissioned by Ledbury Poetry Festival in celebration of International Year of Astronomy.

It is performed by Christine Watkins and Erica Grant with an accompanying talk on poetry and astronomy by internationally-renowned astrophysicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, inlcuding readings from the new anthology of astronomy poems, Dark Matter (ed. Maurice Riordan and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation).

There will be further performances of How Not to Be Afraid of the Dark in Autumn 2010, including

INTECH Science centre Winchester  Sept 11th 7pm tickets £10

Birmingham Thinktank Millenium Point Sept 23rd 7pm tickets £10

National Maritime Museum Greenwich  November 29th 7pm tickets £10 (£8 concessions)