With the unfortunate news that we couldn’t stage Cuckoos and Chrysalides in April, I have some exciting announcements that I will list here and on the Stars or Mars website!
June is going to be a pretty heavy month for me, that’s for sure.
We are taking the stage at the Hackney Attic with our show called RESPAWN! The play follows two identities trying to find peace with their pasts and present, which has been drastically changed through the process of uploading consciousnesses. Can they prove that immortality doesn’t have to be a hard sell?
I will be giving talks at the Current Research in Speculative Fiction 2015 in Liverpool, talking about the portrayal of Time in Science Fiction Theatre, as well as the Being Non/Human conference in London and Smashing the Stigma of Science Fiction Theatre at the SFRA conference in Stony Brook. Miraculously none of these dates clashed, taking place on the 8th, 17th and the 25th-27th respectively.
SUM will also be returning this year, but at the Camden Fringe from the 28th-30th August! Very excited about this! I’ll give you more updates as they arrive.
The month of August is speeding past (rather predictably), but it’s an especially exciting one for me!
1) Notes from Other Worlds
You may have noticed me post on monologues from time to time – well, I have good news on that front! Notes from Other Worlds is being published by Playdead Press, which is my collection of monologues based on SF tropes, but ones I feel lend themselves particularly to the human experience and therefore feels effective being acted out. The cover reveal will come soon!
I’ll be on the panel for Staging the Fantastic for Loncon3 amongst a stellar set of people, which I’m both excited and nervous for! The details are here:
Staging the Fantastic
Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
Sat Aug 16th, 6pm – 7pm
Erin M. Underwood, Susan Gray, James Patrick Kelly, Geoff Ryman, David Wake
Is this a golden age for genre theatre? On both sides of the Atlantic, fantastical theatre has seen notable successes in recent years – from ‘blockbuster‘ productions at the National Theatre of His Dark Materials and the original Tori Amos/Samuel Adamson musical, the Light Princess, to smaller, thought-provoking independent work from groups such as The Alchemist Theatre Company, Unlimited Theatre, Luna Theatre Company, and the BFG Collective. Earlier this year, Stage the Future was the first international academic conference on SF theatre; and the forthcoming anthology Geek Theater collects genre theatre by numerous playwrights and other SF authors. So what are the challenges and opportunities of putting SF and fantasy on stage? How does SF theatre use special effects, which are so central to other forms of visual SF? And how is the audience for SF theatre growing and changing?
3) Terra Firma at the Etcetera Theatre
On the 18th -20th (just after Loncon actually), starts our run of Terra Firma at the Camden Fringe! Find more out at http://www.terrafirmaplay.co.uk.
See you there! 🙂