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Mayfest screenings

18 & 19 May 2022

Mayfest is Bristol’s biennial international festival of contemporary theatre; a vibrant, boundary-blurring context for unusual, playful, and ambitious live performance from artists all over the world.

Two film screenings were hosted at St Anne’s House in partnership with MAYK. Including: DONNA HARAWAY: STORY TELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVAL by Fabrizio Terranova and Miracle on 42nd Street.

Cultivating connections between artists, audiences, participants, and venues, Mayfest champions the voices and experiences of a diverse international community of artists who ask brave questions about how we live in a modern world.

About Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway is a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology, a feminist, and a science-fiction enthusiast who works at building a bridge between science and fiction. She became known in the 1980s through her work on gender, identity, and technology, which broke with the prevailing trends and opened the door to a frank and cheerful trans species feminism. Haraway is a gifted storyteller who paints a rebellious and hopeful universe teeming with critters and trans species, in an era of disasters.

Brussels filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova visited Donna Haraway at her home in California, living with her – almost literally, for a few weeks, and there produced a quirky film portrait. Terranova allowed Haraway to speak in her own environment, using attractive staging that emphasised the playful, cerebral sensitivity of the scientist. The result is a rare, candid, intellectual portrait of a highly original thinker.

About Miracle on 42nd Street

The film is a one-hour documentary relaying the untold story of of the Manhattan Plaza apartment complex in New York City – a failed commercial apartment complex boldly repurposed as subsidized affordable housing for people working in the performing arts.

Throughout its existence Manhattan Plaza was home to such luminaries as Larry David, James Earl Jones, Angela Landsbury, and Alicia Keys, and it provided a blueprint for similar experiments throughout the world.

Home to a vibrant artistic community of its own, join us at St. Anne’s House for an outdoor evening screening of this poignant, charming film.