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Who At 50!

Who at Fifty – Manchester’s very own Doctor Who fringe festival

16th – 30th November, 2013

 

“Manchester pays homage to Doctor Who with a two week fringe festival of new drama, screenings and special appearances”

 

Doctor Who is fifty years old on the 23rd November, 2013 and four of Manchester’s best loved venues are teaming up with a host of events over two weeks to help you celebrate!  New drama, live episodes, screenings, poetry and a great big party for Doctor Who’s 50th birthday on Saturday, 23rd November.  With more goodies than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at, it’s truly bigger on the inside!

 

THE ART OF WHOkicks things off on Saturday, 16th November with your chance to meet some of the amazing talents behind the Doctor Who comic strip – currently the Guinness Book of Records World Record holder for the longest running tie-in comic strip.  You’ll see rare art, chat to the creators and maybe buy some original art if the fancy takes you!

 

Another key creative Who at Fifty is also delighted to welcome is ANDREW CARTMEL who will be in conversation at the Lass O’Gowrie on the 30th November. As script editor during the later years of the original run, Andrew did much to lay the ground for Russell T Davies triumphant return in 2005 and is a key voice in the evolution of the show from ratings also-ran to conqueror of Ant and Dec!

 

Sunday, 17th November sees a chance to meet the very first director of Doctor Who – WARIS HUSSEIN, one of the men who created Doctor Who in 1963.  A BAFTA winner and renowned director, this is the first time Waris has appeared in Manchester and is not to be missed!

 

Waris will also be present at a very special live restaging of his original debut AN UNEARTHLY CHILD at FAB Café.  A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 starring Phil Dennison as the Doctor, this unique presentation is being staged in support of the Alzheimer’s Society and is brought to you by Lass Productions and Scytheplays, the team behind 2013 fringe smash hits V for Vendetta and the Ballad of Halo Jones.

 

An Unearthly Child runs on the 17th, 18th and 19th November and is performed as a double bill with the follow-up, EDGE OF DESTRUCTION on the 23rd November.  Edge of Destruction then continues its run on the 24th and 25th November.

 

The drama doesn’t end there.  Who at Fifty also showcases the premiere of AN ADVENTURE IN TIME AND SPACE; 50 YEARS IN 50 RELS – an anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble and Manchester Theatre Award winning playwright (and lifelong Who fan) Ian Winterton.   Other Doctor Who inspired drama not to be missed includes THE PYRAMIDS OF MARGATE, a solo theatre tragicomedy addressing (alien) life, love, dreams and … Tom Baker which wowed the critics at Edinburgh and NEMESIS – a rehearsed play reading from David Agnew, a bittersweet tale of a couple and how the return of Doctor Who to our screens in 2005 makes an indelible mark on their lives.

 

Doctor Who has always had a great and British sense of humour at its heart.  The programme even had comic genius Douglas Adams as script editor in the late Seventies!  With this in mind, Who at Fifty showcases more comedy than you can shake a Perigosto Stick at!

 

Fringe favourites THE SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE return to the Lass on the 17th November with Socks in Space, their sell-out Edinburgh show with some very special new Doctor Who material to tease us with.  They are also joined later that evening by a Doctor Who themed WET FEET special stand-up evening, with Manchester’s biggest Who fan comedians giving their all with MC JOHN COOPER.  John is also at the helm for JUST AN EARTH MINUTE – A Doctor Who tinged edition of the Radio Four classic.  Stand-up and poet, ROD TAME tells us how Doctor Who makes his life make sense with his sell-out show STRANGE WORLD, ODD PERSON on the 25th November, while fans themselves get to dictate the action in a very special improvised episode of Doctor Who performed by the Comedysportz improve comedy troupe in LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS on Saturday, 30th November.

 

You don’t necessarily need to be an avid fan to take part in the fun?  Thursday, 21st November sees a very special Doctor Who edition of the LASS PUB QUIZ, in association with the Manchester Library Service.  Hosted by ROD TAME with special guest BERNARD PADDEN, who starred as Tylos in Full Circle – a Tom Baker Doctor Who story from 1980, the quiz promises, fun, clips and other interactive treats to challenge the casual fan and hardcore followers of Doctor Who alike.

 

It wouldn’t be Doctor Who without a few screenings either, and Who at Fifty has plenty on offer.  Monday, 18th November sees a rare 16mm film screening of THIS SPORTING LIFE – the 1963 kitchen sink drama starring Richard Harris and William Hartnell that convinced BBC TV bosses to give Hartnell the role of the Doctor and in doing so, change TV history.  The 26th November sees a screening of the David Tennant epic THE STOLEN EARTH while the Lass O’Gowrie will show the big anniversary special – the DAY OF THE DOCTOR on big screens in HD on the evening of the 23rd and docu-drama AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME on the 22nd.  Finally, Wednesday THE COBBLES OF DOOM on the 20th at Taurus celebrates the links between Corrie and Doctor Who with an evening of clips and interviews brought to you by the Fiction Stroker and PHIL COLLINSON, the only man to have ever produced both Doctor Who and Coronation Street.

 

Discussing the programme, Festival co-ordinator Gareth Kavanagh notes;

 

Doctor Who at Fifty is something we’ve been building up to for years.  We’ve had so much pleasure from this wonderful show over the years and Who at Fifty is Manchester’s love letter to Doctor Who. With our links to the show being as strong as they are – ‘beit it from the links between Corrie and Doctor Who or merely as home to Russell T Davies and the place he drew his inspiration from as he plotted the show’s triumphant return to our screens in 2005, it just feels right for our City to give something back to the fans!”

 

Tickets are available on the door (unless sold out) and advance tickets are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/.

 

Participating venues include; the Lass O’Gowrie, FAB Café, Taurus and the Town Hall Tavern.

 

Unearthly Child photoshoot credits – shot director Paul Anderton, lighting Peter Michael George, ace photographer Andrew Greenland and Steven Mitton’s smoke machine!

 

Join the fun over at Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/570519719680069

 

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Who at Fifty

16th – 30th November, 2013

 

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER

 

THE ART OF WHO

Join Matt Badham and special guests Adrian Salmon, Martin Geraghty and the team Vworp Vworp for a Doctor Who in the comics afternoon at the Lass.  Expect talks, demonstrations, sneak previews and original art for sale.
Date 16th November

Start time: 1pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: none

Category: Q&A
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER

 

An AUDIEnCE WITH WARIS HUSSEIN

Join Gareth Kavanagh in conversation with BAFTA winning director Waris Hussein – the very first director of Doctor Who and the man who, alongside Verity Lambert cast William Hartnell as the Doctor and in doing so, shaped the 50 years that followed.  This is a rare chance to meet one of the founding fathers of Doctor Who and not to be missed!
Date 17th November

Start time: 2:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Q&A/Screening
AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

Join the Doctor, his granddaughter and a pair of schoolteachers for a terrifying journey through space and time.  A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 – An Unearthly Child, starring Phil Dennison and brought to you by Lass Productions and Scytheplays, the team behind smash hits V for Vendetta and the Ballad of Halo Jones.

 

Please note; this is a not for profit, charity performance.  The cast and crew are giving their time for free and all profits from the performances will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 17th November

Start time: 5:30pm and 7:00pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama
sOCKS IN SPACE! THE SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE

They’re back!  Join these filthy wee tykes for a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence with a sci fi theme from Earth’s funniest Socks. Everything from Alien to Star Wars via Doctor Who, The Avengers and whatever you ask for!

 

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are the comedy double act that has to be seen to be believed. Absolutely stupidly hilarious! Taking on anything from James Bond to Star Wars, these guys bring you a brand new show full of songs, sketches, socks and violence. The stars of BBC 3’s Comedy Shuffle and Upstaged, and MTV’s Best Show Ever, and the darlings of YouTube bring you songs, sketches, socks and violence. Including an entire Shakespeare play in its entirety (slightly abridged)! ‘Had every single audience member… laughing until they cried’ (Edinburgh Evening News, Aug 2012).
Date 17th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £10.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: 14+, strong language

Category: Comedy

 

WET FEET – STANDUP COMEDY DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL!

A Doctor Who special of WET FEET – a comedy night for new acts to get their feet wet doing short 10 minute sets, and where more established comedians can try out new material. The closing act will be “Talking the Plank”, a unique improvised set made up from Doctor Who suggestions by the audience. It’s never anything less than a whole lot of fun. Using nautical metaphors, our Eternals sail into treacherous areas of space at 8:30pm, and are sent back by the Guardians into the echoing void of Manchester not long after 10pm.
Date 17th November

Start time: 8:30pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: 18+, strong language

Category: Comedy

 

MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER

 

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 in support of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 18th November

Start time: 7:00pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama
aaben cinema club – THIS SPORTING LIFE 16mm screening

Don’t miss this rare 16mm film screening of This Sporting Life.  A kitchen sink drama from 1964 starring a young Richard Harris, it was Hartnell’s touching performance as an ageing rugby talent scout that convinced original Producer Verity Lambert and Director Waris Hussein that he was the only contender for the part of the Doctor.
Date 18th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: Donation on door

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: 18+

Category: Film
TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER

 

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 in support of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 19th November

Start time: 7:00pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama

 

JUST AN EARTH MINUTE

A one off special blending Doctor Who and the Radio 4 favourite!  Hosted by John Cooper, join our special panel of guests in this infamous Panel game in which the contestants are challenged to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any Doctor Who related subject that comes up on the cards!
Date 19th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: None

Category: Comedy

 

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

 

Doctor who and THE COBBLES OF DOOM! 

The world’s longest running sci-fi show and soap opera have more in common than you’d think!  Join Manchester blogger Matt Charlton – aka the Fiction Stroker and special guest Phil Collinson, the only person to produce both shows for an evening of clips and other material collated in collaboration with ITV and the Corrie team.  You’ll see a host of familiar faces in unfamiliar settings, including a Doctor in the Street, brave companions running the gauntlet of the Rovers and villains more terrifying than even Richard Hillman himself!  All profits go to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 20th November

Start time: 7pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: Taurus, 1 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3HE

Age restrictions; 18+

Category: Q&A/Screening
THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

“Humans – you’re so linear!”

From (just before…) the TARDIS lands in a certain junkyard in 1963, we recreate the adventures of all 11 (12?!) of the Doctor’s incarnations as, aided by an army of loyal companions, he battles Daleks, Cybermen, Ice Warriors, Sontarans, the Master and literally hundreds of other monsters in the order he (probably) experienced them – all in just 50 rels (a Dalek unit of measurement roughly – very roughly – equivalent to one of our Earth minutes). An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 21st November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
special doctor who quiz!

A special pub quiz on Doctor Who across the ages.  Hosted by Rod Tame with special guest Bernard Padden (Tylos from 1980’s Doctor Who classic, Full Circle), expect clips, brainteasers, devilish trivia and lashings of fun in this special edition of the Lass pub quiz brought to you in association with the Manchester Libraries Service.
Date 21st November

Start time: 8:30pm

Tickets: £1.00 per person on the night (all monies go into the quiz pot)

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 18+

Category: Quiz
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 22nd November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
AN Adventure space AND TIME – LIVE SCREENING

Live screening of the hugely anticipated Mark Gatiss docu-drama on William Hartnell and the genesis of Doctor Who.  Note; time is assumed, actual transmission date may change nearer the time.
Date 22nd November

Start time: 9:00pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; None

Category: Screening
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER – DOCTOR WHO’S 50th ANNIVERSARY!

 

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD/edge of destruction double bill

A double bill full cast, live performance of An Unearthly Child, the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963, followed by the premiere of a new performance of a claustrophobic two part story from 1964 – Edge of Destruction.  Please note; this is a not for profit, charity performance.  The cast and crew are going their time for free with all profits donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 2:00pm

Tickets: £7.50

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama

 

the pyramids of margate

Solo theatre tragicomedy addressing (alien) life, love, dreams and … Tom Baker.  The Pyramids of Margate is a solo theatre piece following the course of one evening in the life of Doctor Who fanatic, local council worker and incurable dreamer David Kennedy.  As well as his beloved Doctor Who, David has two obsessions – the beautiful Polish girl from the accounts department, and SETI (the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence).  Fresh from humiliating himself in front of most of Thanet District Council in the local pub, David takes refuge in his laptop link-up to SETI.   Against all the odds – Something is happening!  Is some unknown force attempting to communicate with David through a potent combination of dream, nostalgia and physical sensation (he’s experience strange spasms in his left arm)?  Or … not?  Will he get the girl?  Will his name live in history?  Has he made the greatest discovery of all time?

 

THE PYRAMIDS OF MARGATEis a hymn to all lost and dreaming humanity, to everyone who has ever looked into a star-spattered sky and wondered what or who is out there, to all those who have ever put on an impossibly long multi-coloured scarf and dug into a bag of jelly babies.  The show is initially very funny, but as the human face behind the geek façade emerges also deeply touching.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 5:15pm

Tickets: £5.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction; 14+

Category: Drama
the day of the doctor – live screening of the anniversary episode

Join a host of Who fans for the last of 2013’s legendary LIVE Lass Doctor Who viewings on the big screen.  The Doctor and Clara are still stuck in the Doctor’s timeline, and the only way out is to open the lock on the Doctor’s darkest day, the Time War….

 

First come, first served, doors open to Who fans and their understanding friends only, from 5:30pm.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 7:45pm (estimated, times may change).  Doors open from 5:30pm.

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction; none, although children under 16 will need to be off the premises by 9:30pm alas, or the Reapers will have us.

Category: Screening

 

the leisure hive – doctor who movieoke and burlesque

Join us in the pleasuredome.  You pick the Doctor scene and act it out with the dialogue on the big screen. It’s karaoke but with your favourite Doctor Who scenes instead! A brilliant final chance to enjoy Movieoke at the Lass.  May also include Doctor Who themed Burlesque.  Fomasi not welcome.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 9:30pm (estimated, times may change)

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction; 18+

Category: Entertainment

 

doctor who screening after-show fancy dress party

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Time Lords 1st appearance on our screens, Fab is having a Who Party!  We are offering discount entry for all who attend in Doctor Who fancy dress. Drinks offers, fun, shenanigans and galavanting ahoy!  Geronimo!
Date 23rd November

Start time: 10pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Category: Par-tay!
SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER

 

edge of destruction

Join the Doctor, his granddaughter and a pair of schoolteachers in a claustrophobic thriller set in an out of control TARDIS.  A full cast, live performance of this brilliant early adventure from 1964, starring Phil Dennison as the Doctor and brought to you by Lass Productions and Scytheplays, the team behind smash hits V for Vendetta and the Ballad of Halo Jones.

 

Please note; this is a not for profit, charity performance.  The cast and crew are going their time for free with all profits donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date: 24th November

Start time: 2pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restriction: none

Category: Drama
REHEARSAL SPACE FUNDRAISER

Following on from the success of the Bewilderbeastly Productions play Rehearsal Space, which debuted at Fab earlier this year at part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival; there are some exciting plans afoot to extend it, expand it, and take it on tour. But they need your help! This fundraising event is a bit of comedy, a bit of cabaret, a bit of something for everyone, taking the characters from Rehearsal Space and thrusting them into strange and peculiar scenarios. This is the beginning of a very exciting time for the cast, and they hope you can share in this journey with them, as they take Rehearsal Space to new heights!
Date 24th November

Start time: 5pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: 18+

Category: Cabaret

 

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER

 

edge of destruction

A full cast, live performance of this brilliant early adventure from 1964, with all profits donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date: 25th November

Start time: 2pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restriction: none

Category: Drama
strange world, odd peRSON

A regular performer across the UK and recently the States, performance poet Rod has had his debut poetry collection Strange World Odd Person published by Flapjack Press, May 2013.  Playfully energetic with a good dollop of the profound. Gerry Potter, poet, playwright & director No geek tragedy, this show contains mild peril, scenes of unexpected lust and some strong language CORKS!
Date: 25th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Category: Comedy
TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER

 

THE STOLEN EARTH

When Earth and twenty-six other planets are stolen and taken to the Medusa Cascade, it’s up to the combined forces of UNIT, Torchwood, Sarah Jane and Rose to fight off the thieves, who only have one thing to say to the resistance: “EX-TER-MIN-ATE!” …and the Tenth Doctor is nowhere to be found.

 

The latest in FAB’s lovely cosy tea time screenings, this time round with David Tennant’s Stolen Earth.
Date 26th November

Start time: 6:00pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN Age restrictions; 18+

Category: Screening
WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 27th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER

 

NEMESIS

A drama premiere.  Mark and Rachel meet at university: He’s coming out of his slumber, its 2005 and Doctor Who is returning from the wilderness. She’s annoyed. She can’t go home without monsters stalking the streets.  Together they embark on a journey of Barcelona, Murray Gold and the void between worlds. But, in the darkness is Steve, Rachel’s ideal man and Mark’s nemesis. Mark’s demons come to the fore as he starts having delusions of travelling in time – will Mark’s nemesis conquer his universe?

 

A rehearsed reading of a new drama from David Agnew.
Date: 28th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: Contribution on the door.

Venue: The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JA

 

Category: Drama
Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 28th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 29th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

 

AN AUDIENCE WITH ANDREW CARTMEL

Join us in conversation with Andrew Cartmel – script editor from 1987 to 1989 on Doctor Who during one of the programme’s most exciting, creative and yet troubled periods.
Date 30th November

Start time: 2pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction: none

Category: Q&A
improvised doctor who episode – let’s see what happens

Longform improv from the Manchester troupe of Comedysportz as they tackle an improvised Doctor Who episode based solely on suggestions from you, the audience!
Date 30th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction: 18+

Category: Comedy

 

Doctor Who Scarf! Season 18

The latest piece of merchandise from Lovarzi is available today on pre-order, the classy season 18 Tom  Baker scarf from his burgundy days. In heavy wool, this perfectly recreated burgundy and blue scarf is a striking piece of merchandise and ideal not just as fancy dress or cosplay but to wear as the winter closes in. Anyone who has the tradition multi coloured scarf, itself still available, will know how good this product is.

You can buy it HERE

The Skaro Halloween Awards – Frightfest special

To commemorate the spooky time of year, here’s the first Skaro Awards ceremony for Frightfest. The main focus is on summer, but there is reference to Glasgow and all-nighter films seen too.

A summary of the summer Frightfest reviews can be found here – more detailed reviews of each film are in the reviews section!

Top 5 films – Sleep Tight, Sinister, American Mary, Maniac, Cockneys vs Zombies/Tower Block (tie)

Best actress – Katherine Isabelle (American Mary). Runner up – Rosie Day (The Seasoning House)

Best actor – Luis Tosar (Sleep Tight). Runner up – Ethan Hawke (Sinister)

Best newcomer – Ross Noble (Stitches). Runner up – Rosie Day (The Seasoning House)

Best writer/s – The Soska twins (American Mary). Runners up – Scott Derricksen & C Robert Cargill (Sinister)

Best director/s – The Soska Twins (American Mary). Runner up – Scott Derricksen (Sinister)

Best short – The Halloween Kid. Runner up – The Captured Bird

Best Turn Off Your Bloody Phone short – Mr Ian Rattray. Runners up – Mr James Moran, Daddy Cross

Best acting by someone only seen indirectly for 95% of the film – Elijah Wood (Maniac)

Best kill – Stitches (umbrella). Runner up – Cockneys vs Zombies (Richard Briers lets rip)

Best action sequences – The Raid. Runner up – Cockneys vs Zombies

Scariest film – Sinister. Runner up – V/H/S

Funniest film – Dead Sushi. Runners up – Stitches, Cockneys vs Zombies

Best twist/s – The Tall Man. Runners up – Chained, Sinister

Best event – Seeing Nightbreed as Clive Barker originally wanted it. Runner up – Dario Argento’s eloquent interview

Best monster/s – Nightbreed. Runner up – After

Grossest monster when you think about it – Under the Bed (really, ew)

Best world design – Nightbreed. Runner up – Under the Bed

Most unfortunate line (English) – “Sorry I blew you off on the bus”, After. Runner up – “I don’t want you touching [my box]”, The Possession (said to her father!)

Most unfortunate line (dubbed/subtitled) – “Noone really knows anything about him, except they say he’s a hermaphrodite”, Tulpa. Runner up – most of Hidden in the Woods

Worst subtitles – Hidden in the Woods

Most unnecessary nudity – Paura 3D

Best interview moment – Dario Argento’s anecdote about Rutger Hauer not showing up on set (it involved a bush and a Russian…)

Biggest facepalm of the festival – ungrateful SOB decides to spoil the Q&A for The Seasoning House. Runner up – the kiss, After

The Dick van Dyke Award for worst accent – Richard Coyle (Outpost II especially)

Special award for making less sense than the Swedish Chef on LSD – Berberian Sound Studio. Runner up – Under the Bed

Special award for usage of common mythology in an interesting/new way – The Thompsons (vampires). Runner up – The Possession (Jewish exorcism)

The Regeneration award for varied yet consistent excellence across different films by the same person – James Moran (Cockneys vs Zombies, Tower Block and Turn Off Your Bloody Phone shorts). Runner up – Vincent D’Onofrio (Chained and Sinister)

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