Friday 26 October 2012

Great Sci Fi Sitcoms: The Strangerers

The Sitcom Trials presents Great Sci Fi Sitcoms of Our Times: The Strangerers

One of the great lost sitcoms of TV history, The Strangerers by Rob Grant came about from one of those bursts of ambitious comedy production that Sky goes through every decade, this one in spring 2000.

Featuring a ridiculously starry cast including Mark Williams, Jack Docherty, Sarah Alexander, Mark Heap, Milton Jones, Morwenna Banks, David Walliams, and Paul Darrow out of Blakes 7, it ended on a cliffhanger which is yet to be resolved a decade later. If you can find it on cable or DVD then good luck, it really is worth tracking down.

In its absence, could you create the next great sci fi sitcom? This is your chance to find out. On Weds Nov 28th The Sitcom Trials presents a Sci Fi Special at the Camden Head in London, and you are invited to submit a script now.

As always scripts are invited to the Sitcom Trials format of a 10 minute opening act ending in a cliffhanger with a short payoff scene. We then perform the sitcoms up to the cliffhanger, the audience votes for their favourite and only sees the ending of the winner.

With this being a Science Fiction Special, we will be taking advantage of our "radio style" presentation, encouraging writers to tailor their sitcom entries for radio production. This enables you to include any special effect you can imagine, as long as they can be incorporated into the dialogue or very simple sound effects.

Writers are invited to upload their scripts to the SitsVac Files, where you will also find the guidelines regarding style, cast numbers etc. The deadline for uploading scripts is midnight Sat Nov 4th.

These scripts will then be voted on online by anyone who wishes to participate. The deadline for voting is Sat Nov 17th. The London team will then choose two or three of the most popular scripts to perform as part of the show, the other items in the show being created in house.

So if you want to have your sci-fi sitcom tested in front of a live paying audience, get on board now and enter The Sitcom Trials. Any questions, please ask at the Sits Vac Forum, or the British Comedy Guide Forum, or the Sitcom Trials Facebook page.

Kev F Sutherland
The Sitcom Trials

Oct 19 - Halloween Sitcom Trials, Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Oct 20 - Halloween Sitcom Trials, Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester
Nov 28 - Sitcom Trials Sci Fi Special, Camden Head, London

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