IT WAS 34 years ago when Ken Campbell‘s first Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool blazed into coruscating life.
Now the new SFToL opens its doors on Monday hoping to pay tribute to their illustrious predecessors, while marking a new chapter in the city’s SF history.
The next generation and the originals are already sharing more than a name, with the production re-locating from their original base after it fell through to Flanagan’s Apple pub on Mathew Street.
Back in the 1970s, this was called Aunt Twackies and the Liverpool School of Language, Music, Dream and Pun and was where Campbell and his team performed their groundbreaking shows.
Bob Moyler, the man in the captain’s chair this time around, said: “We had to move and this seemed like the natural place to come to until a new venue is secured. Of course I’m very aware of Ken Campbell and what has gone before, but no-one is trying to step into his shoes.”
Instead Bob is looking to find a new path, and he is appealing for volunteers to help him over the next six weeks, ending in three performances that will tell a tale of manipulating the weather and the consequences that can bring.
He said: “We are looking to create three nights of great fun and professional theatre through a great science fiction story, but the process will be run like an ideas factory where anyone aged 18 and over can come down and have a go.
“From Monday for a week we will be writing the script at Flanagan’s Apple and would welcome anyone who is interested to join in with that process.
“After that we will have auditions and rehearsals before the plays begin on July 29-31, so if you fancy being an actor we’d love to see you.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing more and more people join us so the production gains momentum and becomes a wonderful experience for everyone.”
Bob said he is expecting a good response from the people of Liverpool.
“I’ve done bits and bobs of theatre here and it always struck me as a great place for theatre, where people really throw themselves into things like this,” he added.
“I wanted to do something like this and then by coincidence I was reading about Ken Campbell, so all the signs seemed to point to coming to Liverpool.
“The aim is to make a cool piece of theatre which people will enjoy making and watching. The more people who lend a hand, the better.”
* The SFToL will be at Flanagan’s Apple between 12.30-2.30pm and 6-8pm. For more information, click here for the official website.