There’s already a great roster of guests attending next month’s 23rd SF Ball in Southampton, and now two more genre heroes join the event.
CHRIS BARRIE (RIMMER IN RED DWARF) AND PATTI YASUTAKE (NURSE OGAWA IN STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION) ANNOUNCED TO JOIN GATES MCFADDEN AND A STAR-STUDDED LINE UP OF SCIENCE FICTION GUESTS FOR SOUTHAMPTON’S SF BALL TO HELP RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR THE TEENAGE CANCER TRUST.
SF Ball 23: 3 – 5 FEBRUARY 2017 – Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton.
The UK’s longest running not-for-profit Science Fiction convention, The SF Ball, which takes place at the beautiful Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton from 3 – 5 February 2017 with all profits going to support the vital work of the Teenage Cancer Trust have announced a further two guests for their star-studded line-up of Science Fiction and Fantasy stars, including Chris Barrie (Arnold J. Rimmer in Red Dwarf) and Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa – Star Trek The Next Generation). Patti Yasutake could regularly be seen in Sickbay aboard the starship Enterprise opposite the events headline artist Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher – Star Trek The Next Generation)
Other guests include Terry Molloy (Davros in Doctor Who), Roger Ashton-Griffiths(Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Merlin), Ian Beattie (Alexander, The Tudors, Game of Thrones), Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Ripper Street, The Tudors),Larry Nemecek (Star Trek Continues) and Dave Freeman (Concept artist for the new Star Trek films).
Each day of the classic convention includes Q&A’s, professional photography and autograph sessions with the stars, activities, challenges and art/fiction competitions, an emporium of merchandise and collectables available for sale in a large dealer’s room, a special table-top gaming room, an exhibition hall including roaming full size Daleks, life-sized, fan-built recreations of sets, replica models and displays from talented model makers not to mention several opportunities to party after each day including discos, karaoke and full interactive games on stage with Trekologist B Jones.
Friday highlights include:The Con Dance Workshop to teach your two left feet the correct routines to enjoy all the convention dances; an epic pub quiz full of geeky questions both verbal and picturesque, A Gold Ticket Cocktail Party, including a hot buffet and a generous glass of bubbly welcoming gold ticket members offering up close and personal meetings with the guests, a goody bag full of film promotional merchandise and epic three foot chocolate fountains, plus a state of the art interactive game-show called A Question of Snort. Friday concludes with a fabulous party on the theme of The Worlds of Gerry Anderson and a prize for the best fancy dress/cosplay costume will be awarded.
Saturday highlights include: a full, three-course black-tie/fancy dress dinner with live cabaret from Red Dwarf’s Chris Barrie, a ‘money-can’t buy’ raffle, including incredibly unique prizes and a Game Of Thrones themed party with fancy dress/cosplay competitions, a celebrity cabaret and a late night disco with games and activities that all can enjoy.
Sunday’s highlights include: a time travel themed late night disco and Karaoke evening and another opportunity to play one of SFB’s impressive interactive audio-visual games, Geekheads!
Director of SF Ball Limited – Anne Lindup, comments:
“Science Fiction teaches us to accept others and challenges us to execute a better future for all. We have taken these philosophies and moulded the SF Ball to help many charities, and in particular The Teenage Cancer Trust for twenty-three years. We promise a fun-filled three days for Science Fiction fans knowing that all proceeds will go to a vital cause in this country”.
Since 2009, the SF Ball has raised nearly £30,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. SF Ball prides itself on its equal opportunities policy, welcoming anyone to enjoy the festivities indiscriminate of disability or background and an emphasis on fun and socialising, rather than commercial gain. This year’s event is generously sponsored by The Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine and White Light.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.sfball.com.
For more information about the Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org
I’ll be there to cover the event, which features General Dodonna from Rogue One, Ian McElhinney.