New Year’s Day, Stars or Mars Time, was celebrated on the 9th May! As a fresh and excitable one year old, we reminisced over the past and made plans for the future over cocktails and crepes!
Stay tuned for more updates! The earliest plans are to update our media and social presence, as well as announce our new Summer Season!
SUMMER SEASON OF STARS OR MARS
On June 1st, 2015 at Hackney Attic, we have RESPAWN
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?
Our hashtag for the play is: #Respawn
Cuckoos and Chrysalides:
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.
Our hashtag for SUM: #sumtheplay
Fringe Booking Details are coming soon! Thank you to the Hackney Attic and the Camden Fringe for supporting SF Theatre!
Thanks also go to BSFA (British Science Fiction Association), who posted the news of our upcoming season here.
We are delighted to announce that we have not one, but two shows in development for this year!
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?
August is one of those months where the SF world and the Theatre world are hives of frantic, buzzing, beautiful energy – there’s no better time to celebrate the collision of these great dimensions than now! Loncon 3 has rustled up some theatrical treats for the huge convention coming up – you can see the line up here: http://www.loncon3.org/events-theatre.php
There are also panels for SF Theatre on Saturday 16th August.
At 12-1pm, there is a Genre on the Stage Panel with Neil Williamson, Tajinder Hayer, Erin Horakova, Jeanne Beckwith at the Capital Suite 5 (Level 3) from 12-1pm, discussing all things SF/Fantasy on the stage from Shakespeare to present.
I will be on the panel for Staging the Fantastic on Saturday 16th August:
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?
For all you Lon-conners, it would be great to see you there!
I will also have some copies of Notes from Other Worlds (my SF monologue collection) available to buy, which is being published by Playdead Press!
After the convention will be our stint at the Camden Fringe! Terra Firma, our PA play, will be at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden:
You can find out more about Terra Firma here.
We’ll be on from the 18th-20th August, from 6:30 to 7:30pm
Tickets are £9 (£7 concessions)
To buy online, click here.
So all in all, an exciting month! 🙂
There are so many avenues for collaboration and new writing – we’re chomping at the bit to get started and have the work rolling out on the conveyor belt here at Stars or Mars! However, reality kicks in and we have to plan accordingly. Here are some little tidbits for you in the mean time (think of it as a theatrical amuse-bouche) to whet your appetite with.
Here are some hints as to what we’re planning:
– A showcase of short SF plays (the first night is already being planned as we speak!)
– A collaboration between Futurists and Writers
– A night of SF themed monologues
– Staged readings of full length plays
You know what they say…
Watch this space!
If you want to register your interest and how you’d like to get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.