Are you as proud to call yourself a fan as we are here at #StageFaves? What does 'fandom' mean to you? Can you sum it up in a word? Vlogger Perry O'Bree was on hand to help Faves founder Terri Paddock ask the questions at her post-show Q&A at FANATICAL, a new British sci-fi musical that celebrates - and calls to - all fans everywhere. Watch the full Q&A, and Perry's take on it, here...
One of my favourite reviews of Fanatical, the new British musical currently receiving its world premiere season at London’s Playground Theatre, opines: “It will remind you why you love whatever it is that you’re a fan of”. This warm, big-hearted, unashamedly geeky show is indeed “a love letter to fandom”, and at my post-show Q&A with
Fanatical was originally conceived by Matt Board (music and lyrics) and Reina Hardy (book) more than ten years ago, as they mourned the cancellation after just one season of Firefly, the American space Western drama series written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon.
An incredible, transatlantic development journey followed with various workshops in Chicago (where Reina lives) and London, and with The Stable producer Neil Marcus picking up the project four years ago after discovering Matt’s first three songs for the show through the ‘Search for a Twitter Composer’ competition.
In Fanatical, the hit comic book Angel 8, which follows the ragtag crew of a cargo spaceship in a distant galaxy, has won legions of new fans after being turned into a television series. In a conference centre in England, a misfit collection of fans gather for Angel 8’s first-ever official sci-fi convention. But the series’ reclusive author Scott Furnish announces some devastating news as part of the convention keynote speech…
The cast for Fanatical
For the post-show Q&A, I was joined by them as well as composer/lyricist Matt Board (with Reina following via Twitter from Chicago), director Grace Taylor, designer PJ McEvoy and producer Neil Marcus.
I was also delighted to have my StageFaves colleague Perry O’Bree in the audience.
By the way, can you imagine a more perfect place to stage a musical set at a sci-fi convention than… a sci-fi convention? We had offers from an organiser in the audience last night. You heard it here first. Watch this space for more news on that.
FANATICAL runs from 8 November to 9 December 2018 at The Playground Theatre, 8 Latimer Road, London W10 6RQ. Performances are Tuesdays to Sundays at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at
3pm. Tickets are priced £11-£25. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
For more photography (by Peter Jones), tweets and other coverage from the event, visit TerriPaddock.com.