TALOS III: Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London
Call for Proposals
TALOS: Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London
2-9 December 2019
“Talos is an adventure to undertake for every science fiction and theatre-lover as it combines these both passions promisingly.” (A Younger Theatre)
Our fellow humans, posthumans, metahumans, superhumans, cyborgs, we’re thrilled you landed on this page!
Welcome to Talos Festival 2019!
Talos is the first science fiction theatre festival of London, the UK and, to our knowledge, Europe, and it’s currently in its third year. Talos has grown from a two day fest of short plays, to four nights of full length plays and shorts, and this year to 8 days and nights of science fiction performance!
Talos III invites theatre companies to submit proposals for full length shows of 50 to 60 minutes. The 2019 festival takes place in Omnibus Theatre (their beautiful Studio Upstairs) and we’ll programme two shows per night, at 7.30pm and at 9pm.
We’re also excited to programme the third Stage the Future conference during the days of 6-7 December. Stage the Future, the international conference on science fiction theatre, launched in 2014, was mentioned in American Theatre as the event where the global sci-fi community of theatremakers gathers, and is part of our vision to promote sci-fi theatre on and off the stage. Alongside the festival and the conference, we’ll also be continuing our Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab workshop series, so stay tuned for those!
We want to make Talos the heart of science fiction theatre and a space where both artists and researchers can co-exist and contribute to the genre. We're excited to hear from all artists but want to particularly encourage BAME and LGBTQ+ artists and theatre companies to propose their own SF visions. Please see below for information on how to take part.
At Cyborphic, the team behind Talos, we are not genre purists; we accept flexible definitions of science fiction and are looking for projects that include science fiction or even speculative fiction elements. We’re interested in all kinds of science fiction performance, including but not limited to:
Utopian theatre, dystopian theatre
Science fiction dance (including Robot Dance)
Afrofuturist Theatre, Queer Science Fiction
Solarpunk, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Biopunk, Hopepunk, Mythpunk
Devised, Immersive, Tragicomic (even Stand-Up Sci-Fi Theatre)
Post-Apocalyptic, Post-Modern, Post-Dramatic
Cyborg Theatre, Robot Theatre, AI Theatre, Weird / New Weird Theatre
For Theatre Companies:
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: 31st August 2019 (midnight)
FINAL DEADLINE: 20th September 2019 (midnight)
You will hear back from us within a month after the original deadline, i.e. by the end of September. Note there may be fewer available slots after the Early Bird deadline.
Submit a proposal via Google Forms HERE!
Slots: All slots are offered on a box office split basis.
7.30pm (every day, 50/50 split)
9pm (every day, 50/50 split)
Registration Fee: £50 per slot/performance (paid after show has been accepted & confirmed.) The fee helps cover marketing and admin costs.
Venue: Online and on the door box office service is provided, marketing support and up to two hours tech time on the day of the first show. The venue has 80 seats: more information on the venue available here. Companies may supply their own technician but Cyborphic will hire one for the entire festival.
For Researchers, Scholars, Artists (and Playwrights interested in speaking at the conference):
Call for Papers and more information on the Stage the Future III conference can be viewed here.
For Playwrights (who aren’t attached to a theatre company):
Talos has morphed into a festival of theatre companies, though we plan to also commission playwrights. If you’re a playwright, you can submit a short play for our Hopepunk Scratch Night during the Talos III Theatre Festival here.