DRAMATIC PRESENTATIONS BY
FANS AT UK CONVENTIONS

This is a listing of dramatic productions created by fans, a few of which were adaptations. Most of these were actual stagings, but some took the form of either tapes or films, All were presented to live audiences at general SF cons. (I have not attempted to include dramatic presentations at media and single-interest SF cons because that way lies madness. If anyone wishes to put in the work and put out an expanded version that does include these, be my guest!)

There was a dramatic presentation of Sturgeon's 'Some of Your Blood' at SEACON '79 but since this was a production by Ken Campbell's Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool that had been staged professionally and featured professional actors it has not been included. This also applies to later pro-productions at cons.

Other things omitted include cabarets and single person readings, however dramatic.

While produced by fans and sometimes including fannish references, the majority of these productions are not actually *about* fandom the main focus in most cases being the parody of other works, hence the FAN and SF/PARODY distinction. The line between the two is often a fine one, however, and some may disagree with the side of it on which some of these have been placed.

Most of these productions were humorous. The few that were serious have been labelled DRAMA. You'll notice that one - and only one - production was also labelled 'BALLET'. This was performed to the strains of 'Danse Macabre' and featured several male fans in panto drag, including Ted Tubb! Sadly, only two photos of this 'ballet' are known to survive.

Listed under AUTHOR in some places is the name of a fan group. This is because they're known to be responsible for the presentation in question but it's not clear who in the group was the main author.

YEARCONVENTIONTITLETYPEAUTHOR
1951 FESTIVENTION unknown SF/PARODYSF SOAP
OPERA
COMPANY
(London Circle)
WHO GOES WHERE?
1953 CORONCONWHISKERSFAN (TAPE)WALT WILLIS
unknown unknown JUNIOR FANATICS
FIRST MAN ON MARS SF/PARODY
'BALLET'
LONDON CIRCLE
1954 SUPERMANCONTHE TRIAL OF
H.J. CAMPBELL
FANMANCHESTER
GROUP
THE ALIEN ARRIVES
(perf. Liverpool Group)
FAN (TAPE)WALT WILLIS
(w/DON MACKAY)
1955 CYTRICONTHE MARCH OF SLIME FAN (TAPE)LIVERPOOL
GROUP

(LiG/LaSFaS)
1956 CYTRICON II LAST AND FIRST FEN FAN (TAPE)
1957 LONCON

* (reshown at
BRUMCON)

MAY WE HAVE
THE PLEASURE?
*
FAN (FILM)
FANZAPOPPIN' *FAN (FILM)
GDA: THE CASE OF
THE MISSING GAVEL
SF/PARODYJAMES WHITE/
ATOM, IMPROV
KINGDOM OF
ST. FANTONY *
FAN (FILM)CHELTENHAM
GROUP
1959 BRUMCON THE TESTSF/DRAMA
(FILM)
1964 REPETERCONSHORT FILMSSF/PARODY
(FILMS)
THE DELTA
SCIENCE
FICTION
FILM GROUP

(Manchester)
1965 LONCON 2
BREATHWORLD
(feature-length)
SF/PARODY
(FILM)
1968 THIRDMANCON
DR DOOM AND THE
ANNIHILATION RAY ep.3
1969 GALACTIC FAIRSHORT FILMSSF/PARODY
(FILMS)
1971 EASTERCON 22
1973 OMPACONSHORT FILMS
COMPETITION
(also 1974, 75, 76, 78)
VARIOUS
(FILMS)
ORGANISED
& JUDGED
BY THE
DELTA GROUP
1974 TYNECON 74 THE WIZARD OF OZIMOV SF/PARODY JUDY BLISH
1981 UNICON 2 THE CAPTIVE FAN JIM BARKER
FAIRCON 81 FAIRCON STRIKES BACK FAN (FILM) CHRIS O'KANE/
BRUCE SAVILLE
NOVACON 11 CLINTO! FAN (FILM) JOHN COLLICK/
JOHN HARVEY
1982 UNICON 3 BLUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! SF/PARODY THE
COMMITTEE
FAIRCON 82 RAIDERS OF
THE LOST CON
FAN (FILM) CHRIS O'KANE/
BRUCE SAVILLE
1983 BECCON 83 THE ELI STILL SHOW SF/PARODY PATRICIA &
LIONEL
FANTHORPE
ALBACON II NEO FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
NOVACON 13
1984 ALBACON 84 CONRUNNER FAN (FILM) CHRIS O'KANE/
BRUCE SAVILLE
SEACON 84 ELMER T. HACK
(cf. the Evans/Barker strip)
FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
TYNECON II:
THE MEXICON
THE TRANSMIGRATION
OF TIMOTHY ARCHER
SF/DRAMA PHILIP K.DICK/
GEOFF RYMAN
1985 YORCON III
FANDERELLA FAN IAN SORENSEN
/JIM BARKER
BECCON 85 SPOCK IN MANACLES SF/PARODY
(MUSICAL)
KATE SOLOMON
1986 ALBACON III LIVE LIBEL FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
1987
CONSPIRACY 87

PERFORMANCE FAN D.WEST/
GEOFF RYMAN
CONCEPTION
NOVACON 17 ELRIC OF MELBOURNE:
THE ETERNAL CHUMP
FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
/JIM BARKER
1992 UNICON 13:
SCONE
FUNDAMENT!
(cf. Foundation Trilogy)
SF/PARODY
(MUSICAL)
OXFORD UNI.
SF GROUP
1995 INTERSECTION DUNE, or
THE SAND OF MUSIC
SF/PARODY IAN SORENSEN
/PHIL RAINES
/JACKIE
McROBERT
1996 INCONSISTANT
EVOLUTIONFANDOM OF THE OPERA FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
ATTITUDE THE SKETCH SHOW FAN
NOVACON 26 FARBERELLA FAN
(MUSICAL)
ALBACON 96 BLADE RUNNER, or
CARRY ON REPLICATING
SF/PARODY IAN SORENSEN
/JACKIE McROBERT/
PHIL RAINES
1997 INTERVENTION
1998 INTUITION THE COMPLETE
WASTE OF TIME
SF/PARODY IAN SORENSEN
/PHIL RAINES
/JACKIE
McROBERT
NOVACON 28 MY CLAIRE LADY FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
1999 SECCON FUNDAMENT!
(as per 1992 Unicon)
SF/PARODY
(MUSICAL)
OXFORD UNI.
SF GROUP
RECONVENECAPTAIN TARTAN SAVES
THE WORLD AGAIN!
SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
2000 2CONA FISTFUL OF HOBBITS SF/PARODY IAN SORENSEN
/PHIL RAINES
/JACKIE
McROBERT
2001 PARAGON 20:01 - a sunday odyssey SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
NOVACON 31THE BOOZE BROTHERS FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
2002 DAMN FINE
CON
TWO GEEKS or/
MORE CHERRY PIE, VICAR?
SF/PARODYIAN SORENSEN
/PHIL RAINES
PLOKTACONONCE MORE WITH
FANFUNDS
FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
2003 SEACON 03THE MATRIX:
REMAINDERED
SF/PARODY IAN SORENSEN
/PHIL RAINES
A DRAGON IN THE TITLE
(full cast novel read)
SF/DRAMA JAMES STEEL/
DAVID WAKE
2004 CONCOURSETARTAN: RESTRUNGSF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
2005 INTERACTION LUCAS BACK IN ANGER SF/PARODY IAN SORENSEN
/PHIL RAINES
RICHARD III
(w/audience participation)
PARODY SHAKESPEARE/
JASPER FFORDE/
DAVID WAKE
2006 CONCUSSION THIS IS YOUR LIFE
SENTENCE
FAN
SKETCHES
IAN SORENSEN
CAPTAIN TARTAN SAVES
THE WORLD AGAIN!
(video of 2001 staging)
SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
2007 CONTEMPLATIONINVEIGLESF/DRAMA DAVID WAKE
2008 ORBITALTERMINAL ZONESF/DRAMA ANDREW J.
WILSON
2009 EASTERCON LXINSIDIOUSSF/DRAMA DAVID WAKE
PLOKTACON 4 HARRY PLOKTA AND
THE HALF-CUT PRINCE
FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
(alt. versions of
same musical)
2010 ODYSSEYHARRY POTTER AND
THE HALF-CUT PRINCE
SF/PARODY
(MUSICAL)
ONE MINUTE PAST
EIGHT - a sunday odyssey
(film of 1999 staging?)
SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
CORFLU
COBALT
THE ADVENTURES OF PAT AND THE ELECTRIC
MOTORMAN
FAN IN THE BAR
2011 NOVACON 41 NOVACON CONSIDERED
AS A HELIX OF
SEMI-FUNNY SKITS
FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
ONE OF OUR EASTERCONS
IS MISSING!
SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
2012 OLYMPUS OLIVER! (WITH A TWIST) FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
2013 NOVACON 43 DR WHORRIBLE'S
SING-A-LONG BLOG
FAN
(MUSICAL)
IAN SORENSEN
2014 SATELLITE 4
MAN OF IRON SF/PARODY PAUL DARROW
PLANET NOT SF/PARODY IMPROV
LONCON 3 OPENING CEREMONY
SKETCHES
SF/PARODY IAN SORENSEN
THE CANCELLATION AND
RE-IMAGINING OF
CAPTAIN TARTAN
SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
ARMADACONONE OF OUR EASTERCONS
IS MISSING!
SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
2017 REDEMPTIONCAPTAIN TARTAN:
REDEMPTION
SF/PARODY DAVID WAKE
2018 FOLLYCON BAP TO THE FUTURE SF/PARODY JULIA DAY

My thanks to Ian Sorensen and David Wake for their help in assembling this table.

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