Talos II: The Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London 2018

Love Scifi? Love Theatre? Then why not visit London’s only SciFi Theatre Festival starting tonight for four nights in Clapham, South London.

​Talos: the Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London is the UK’s first and only sci-fi theatre festival staging science fictional plays from all over the world. After the first festival in 2015, Talos returns to stage even more plays with science fiction and fantasy elements, providing a platform for mind-blowing new writing and testing the boundaries of contemporary theatre. Continue reading

SUP Theatre Company’s Dirk Gently

SUP Theatre Company is bringing Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to the stage.

Based on Adams’ popular novel, which has been described as “a thumping good detective-ghost-horror- whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy theatrical epic”, the play is running from 30th January to 3rd February.

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Mixing live action with computer graphics and film, the production also features a little bit of magic.

SUP is an award-winning community theatre group. Affiliated to the University of Southampton, which performs at the NST Campus theatre, the group often run productions for charity and have made appearances at events such as the Totton Drama Festival. SUP members include people from all backgrounds across the city, attracted by opportunities in acting, directing, writing, design, costume, lights, sound and more.

Tickets can be bought directly at the NST Campus here and are £13 each (£10 concessions).

 

The Twilight Zone at the Almeida Theatre

If going to a pantomime isn’t your thing this time of year, you may be delighted to learn of this production of The Twilight Zone, running from 5th-11th December at the Almeida, London N1 1TA.

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area we call the Twilight Zone.

Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future.

 

Based on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. Adapted by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones.

Talos: Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London

The Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival will take place October 24-25 in Chelsea Theatre in London, UK. The festival features science fiction plays by contemporary writers from all over the world, including Greece and Australia.

Tickets are available here: https://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/project/talos-science-fiction-theatre-festival/

Pregnant men and drones, apocalypse survivors and superheroes, emotional navigator systems, bodiless heads and more fantastical fictions are brought to life on stage in a unique showcase of new science fiction theatre.

Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, October 25th, 7.30PM

An Ordinary Man by Elizabeth Adlington
Lost Love by Jen McGregor
Crooked Fork by Jonathan Yukich
Drone by Tom Jensen
Two Heads on a First Date by Ron Burch
Superhero by Andreas Flourakis
The Other Roof by Susan Gray
Interface/Interface by Libby Emmons

Anyone wanting to come along with London’s ScienceFictionBookClub.org to the Saturday 24th performance is welcome along via their event. (Requires Login)

Tickets are available here: https://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/project/talos-science-fiction-theatre-festival/

See our website for more information: http://www.talosfest.com/

New Season of Work at Stars or Mars Theatre

 Stars or Mars has three science fictionplays coming up this year:
RESPAWN

 

On June 1st, 2015 at Hackney Attic

 

Who knew immortality would be such a hard sell? In this new world, uploading consciousnesses has become a game changer. Everything we believed about time, personality and character is now under threat. In Respawn, we follow a set of characters who are dealing with their multitude of pasts and futures, as well as prejudices from the present. When you can live forever, can you really escape your past and reputation?

 

from http://www.remotegoat.com/uk/event/201301/respawn-the-play/

Cuckoos and Chrysalides:
 August 14th – 16th at the London Welsh Centre

Set in the near future, we follow the struggles of Caitlin, a woman who has preserved her children’s consciousnesses to be downloaded at a time where she feels ready. As the virtual space becomes cramped and contested, she must fight the system with her mother.
On the other side of reality lies the consciousness of an astronaut who was killed in her mission. Will she ever find her team? Will she manage to be brought back to life – and if so, at what cost?

 
SUM:
August 28th-30th at the Etcetera Theatre

Set in the far future, we follow the lives of six women who have become assimilated into the hivemind; changing the way we see birth, life, death and love. Who will benefit and who will suffer from this new technology? What would the reasons be for connecting and how far will the individual be compromised?

SUM the play is back, following a run at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham last year. 

Booking Details coming soon

Win Tickets: The Nether – competition extended to non-members

Jennifer Haley’s critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning science-fiction play The Nether is currently running at Duke of York’s Theatre until 25th April following a sold-out run at the Royal Court Theatre. Plus, the play has been nominated for 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play.

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The Nether offers complete freedom – a new virtual wonderland providing total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire.

An intricate crime drama and a haunting thriller set in the year 2050, The Nether follows an investigation into the complicated, disturbing morality of identity in the digital world, and explores the consequences of making dreams a reality.

Win a pair of tickets to see this amazing play described as “A mind-bending drama about virtual reality… ingenious” by The Times.

 

In order to win a pair of tickets, please answer the following question:

 

Amanda Hale, who plays the role of Morris in The Nether featured in the TV Series Being Human as which ghostly character?

 

Submit your answer as an email to chair@bsfa.co.uk with “The Nether Competition” in the subject line.

 

Competition closes at midnight on Wednesday 18th March and winners will be notified by Friday 20th March.

 

Terms and conditions: Tickets valid for a Monday – Thursday performance until 31st March subject to availability. There is no cash alternative to the prizes, they are non-refundable and non-transferable and not for resale.

‘More than vaguely reminiscent of The Matrix, The Nether @royalcourt is a tense vision of a web-crazed near future’ Evening Standard

 

See here for ticket information.

The Sum of Mars

On now until Saturday 6th December, a new play inspired by a quote from Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End is being performed at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham.

Sum of Mars is a new play by Susan Gray, a writer and performer from London who has had a number of successful plays performed since 2012. She is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing and Practice Based Research in Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the staging of Science Fiction in the Theatre.

SUM depicts characters who have entered a ‘hivemind’ contract to share themselves in a much more intimate way than social media can provide. Who is the pioneer of the technology? Who will use it for good (whatever that means in this reality), and who will use it to further their own ends? Should everyone be able to connect?

Staged by Stars or Mars Theatre Company,the play is directed by Chris Callow Jr. and stars Eleanor Russo, Briony Wyatt, Lydia Kay, Melanie Crossey and Susan Gray herself.

Tickets are £8 and are available here.