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Farscape’s Gigi Edgley to attend Sci-Fi Ball 25 Logo

Farscape’s Gigi Edgley to attend Sci-Fi Ball 25

07 . 12 . 18

The Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to announce Gigi Edgley as the latest Sci-Fi star to attend the 25th annual Science Fiction convention at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton from 8 – 10 February 2019 in aid of the vital work of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Gigi is an actress originally from Australia. She starred in Feud, The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer's latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses, Star Trek Continues and Nexus.

Additionally Gigi has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically acclaimed Sci-Fi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series. The SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company also asked her to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

She has a long list of theatre credits including Kill Everything You Love, 4.48 Psychosis, The Rover, Boy’s Life, Romeo And Juliet, Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Les Miserables. She also sung at Stan Lee's Birthday and was selected for the Women of Sci-Fi book by Denny's Illic. She is a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions alongside hundreds of other candidates.

Gigi Edgley will be appearing throughout the whole weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to have their photograph taken with her, autographs, guest talks, attending the Friday night cocktail party, Saturday night grand banquet and has offered to do some special fundraising activities throughout the weekend too.

Other special guests attending the Southampton Sci-Fi weekend include Robert Duncan McNeill, Sean Pertwee, Andrew Lee Potts, Dino Fetscher, Lucy Carless and Terry Molloy with further guests yet to be announced.

The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to ensure they have a truly out of this world weekend. It offers activities for the whole family to enjoy during the day and evening, including specially-themed parties every night, a grand banquet with live cabaret from Terry Molloy, an exclusive cocktail party with enormous chocolate fountains, guest panels with stars of both the small and silver screen, fan-built/actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions, roaming Daleks, cosplay/fancy dress competitions, table-top gaming, exhibits and games, out of this world collectable merchandise, a Sci-Fi pub quiz and so much more that is soon to be announced.

The Sci-Fi Ball takes place from 8 – 10 February 2019 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and will see the event celebrate twenty-five years of raising money for charitable causes. It is proudly sponsored by The Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine, Game Over, White Light and other partners.


Robert Duncan McNeill and Andrew Lee Potts  to attend Sci-Fi Ball 25 Logo

Robert Duncan McNeill and Andrew Lee Potts to attend Sci-Fi Ball 25

23 . 11 . 18

The Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to announce Robert Duncan McNeill and Andrew Lee Potts as their latest special guests to attend the 25th annual Science Fiction convention at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton from 8 – 10 February 2019 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
 
Robert Duncan McNeill enjoyed early success as a professional actor when he got the role of Charlie Brent on the popular ABC daytime drama All My Children and starred in the feature film Masters of the Universe. He also starred in an acclaimed episode of the 1980’s version of The Twilight Zone. After he left All My Children, he landed a role in Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical Into the Woods. His theatre background also includes performances in the Broadway production of Six Degrees of Separation with Stockard Channing, Romeo and Juliet, The Family of Mann and The Four-H Club.
 
After returning to Los Angeles to pursue roles on television, he has appeared in featured guest roles on numerous TV shows and movies – including L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, The Outer Limits and Crossing Jordan, among others. Star Trek fans will remember his guest role as Nick Locarno in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The First Duty. In 1995, he became a series regular on Star Trek: Voyager, portraying the character of Tom Paris.
 
Robert began his directing career with several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. He then wrote, produced and directed two short films, 9mm of Love and award-winning The Battery. Afterwards, he moved on to directing on numerous TV shows, helming countless episodes of Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Las Vegas, Supernatural, V, White Collar, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives and Warehouse 13. In 2007, he signed on as a producer-director of NBC’s Chuck, where he became the Executive Producer in later seasons. Most recently, he worked as Executive Producer on Bravo’s critically acclaimed, first original scripted series, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.
 
Andrew Lee Potts is an English actor and director. He is best known for his role as the quirky dinosaur hunting Connor Temple on 6 seasons of ITV’s British Science Fiction programme Primeval and The Mad Hatter on the SyFy’s mini-series Alice. He is now a veteran TV actor and has been in a catalogue of some of the best in British and American television. He is a series regular on the long-running programme Ideal and Channel 4’s The Mill. Jackson in Steven Spielberg’s Band Of Brothers and most recently, roles in the late Stan Lee’s Lucky Man for Sky One and new Netflix original, the supernatural show The Innocents with Guy Pearce.
 
Both actors will be appearing throughout the whole weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to have their photograph taken with them, autographs, guest talks and attending the Friday Night cocktail party and Saturday night grand banquet.
 
Other special guests attending the Southampton Sci-Fi weekend include Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth in Gotham and son of late Doctor Who actor Sean Pertwee), Dino Fetscher (Stanley the synth) and Lucy Carless (Mattie Hawkins) from the recent critically acclaimed season of Channel 4’s series Humans and Terry Molloy (Davros in the classic series of Doctor Who) with further guests to be announced.
 
The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy toensure they have a truly out of this world weekend. It offers activities for the whole family to enjoy during the day and evening, including specially-themed parties every night, a grand banquet with live cabaret from Terry Molloy, an exclusive cocktail party with enormous chocolate fountains, guest panels with stars of both the small and silver screen, fan-built/actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions, roaming Daleks, cosplay/fancy dress competitions, table-top gaming, exhibits and games, out of this world collectable merchandise, a Sci-Fi pub quiz and so much more that is soon to be announced.
 
The Sci-Fi Ball takes place from 8 – 10 February 2019 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and will see the event celebrate twenty-five years of raising money for charitable causes. It is proudly sponsored by The Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine, Game Over, White Light and other partners.
 


Humans' Lucy Carless to attend Sci-Fi Ball 25 Logo

Humans' Lucy Carless to attend Sci-Fi Ball 25

22 . 09 . 18

The Sci-Fi Ball is thrilled to announce that Lucy Carless will attend Sci-Fi Ball 25 at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton from 8 – 10 February 2019 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Lucy Carless is an actor who is best known for playing Mattie Hawkins in Channel 4 and AMC's joint smash hit television series Humans.

Lucy's other television credits include playing Susan Mann in Code Of A Killer, Eva Pryce in Cuffs and Lucy Harris in Suspects.

Theatre work includes playing Ruby in Sea Fret at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London.

Fans of Humans will be doubly pleased as she will join fellow cast member Dino Fetscher who played Stanley the synth in the most recent series.

Lucy will be attending the entire weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to have their photograph taken with her, autographs, guest talks and attending both the Friday Gold Ticket cocktail party and the Saturday night grand banquet.

Other special guests attending the Southampton Sci-Fi weekend include Sean Pertwee, who plays Alfred in Gotham and Terry Molloy, who played Davros in the classic series of Doctor Who. More special guests are soon to be announced.

The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to ensure they have a truly out of this world weekend. It offers activities for the whole family to enjoy during the day and evening, including specially-themed parties every night, a grand banquet with live cabaret from Terry Molloy, an exclusive cocktail party with enormous chocolate fountains, guest panels with stars of both the small and silver screen, fan-built/actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions, roaming Daleks, cosplay/fancy dress competitions, table-top gaming, exhibits and games, out of this world collectable merchandise, a Sci-Fi pub quiz and so much more that is soon to be announced.

The Sci-Fi Ball takes place from 8 – 10 February 2019 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and will see the event celebrate twenty-five years of raising money for charitable causes. It is proudly sponsored by The Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine, Game Over, White Light and other partners.

Visit www.scifiball.com for more information. Tickets are available from just £15.


Gotham's Sean Pertwee will attend Sci-Fi Ball 25. Logo

Gotham's Sean Pertwee will attend Sci-Fi Ball 25.

14 . 09 . 18

The Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to announce Sean Pertwee as our latest guest to attend Sci-Fi Ball 25.

Sean can currently be seen playing Alfred Pennyworth – a butler and valet to a young Bruce Wayne (before becoming Batman) in the smash-hit Fox TV series Gotham. Pertwee received his training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and began his acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most notably starring in Titus Andronicus, directed by Deborah Warner. After touring for three years, Pertwee continued his classical training by playing Julius Caesar for the BBC and Macbeth for Michael Bogdanov’s production for C4 films. Since then, he has become instantly recognizable for both his film and television work.

On film, Pertwee was most recently seen in Declan Lowey’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, opposite Steve Coogan. Pertwee began his film career in Joe Orton’s biopic, Prick Up Your Ears, and went on to appear in Paul Anderson’s Shopping, playing opposite Jude Law. Those roles were followed by performances in Event Horizon, Soldier, Doomsday, Love, Honor and Obey and a leading role in Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers. Other notable film credits include Deadly Voyage; Wild Bill; Blue Juice, in which Pertwee played opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ewan McGregor; and 51st State, with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle.

Pertwee’s TV credits include Elementary, The Musketeers, Poirot, the award-winning Luther, Cold Feet with James Nesbit, Skins, Body Guards, Chancer, The Young Indiana Jones, Clarissa and Camelot.

He is a prominent voiceover artist and frequently can be heard voicing documentaries, animated films, commercials, TV series and video games, including MasterChef: The Professionals, Fable, Killzone and Assassin’s Creed.

Sean Pertwee belongs to a family that is renowned for their contribution to entertainment, including his sister, actor Dariel Pertwee, his grandfather and screenwriter Roland Pertwee, and his father, Jon Pertwee, who may be best-known for playing the third incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who and the titular role in Worzel Gummidge.

He will be appearing on Saturday and Sunday of our three day weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to have their photograph taken with him, autographs, guest talks and attending the Saturday night grand banquet.

Other special guests attending the Southampton Sci-Fi weekend include Dino Fetscher, who played Stanley the synth in the recent critically acclaimed season of Channel 4’s series Humans and Terry Molloy, who played Davros in the classic series of Doctor Who. Many more guests are soon to be announced.


Less than 50% left of both Gold and Full Weekend Dining Tickets available. Book now! Logo

Less than 50% left of both Gold and Full Weekend Dining Tickets available. Book now!

10 . 09 . 18

This is a little word of warning that if you are planning on coming to Sci-Fi Ball 25 at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton 8 - 10 Feb 2019. There are now less than 50% of our Full Weekend Dining Tickets available. Don't delay in booking if you want to enjoy a fabulous weekend of flawless fun, gratuitous geekery and our sumptuous three course dining experience with cabaret from Terry Molloy (Davros in Doctor Who).

Furthermore, half of our VIP Gold Tickets have been sold too. If you want to access every aspect of Sci-Fi Ball 25, upgrade your geekery and go gold. We only offer 100 of these ultimate tickets so get them whilst you can. By purchasing a Gold Ticket you will enjoy quality time with the guests, exclusive film merchandise goodie bags, priority queuing, front row seating and our Gold Ticket Cocktail Part,y where you can enjoy a glass of bubbly, a buffet, grand chocolate fountains and get up close and personal with our special guest and the directors of the Sci-Fi Ball.

Please book now and choose the best package for you and your budget and we look forward to celebrating 25 years of the Sci-Fi Ball with you next year.


Doctor Who's Davros (Terry Molloy) to perform cabaret at Sci-Fi Ball 25 Logo

Doctor Who's Davros (Terry Molloy) to perform cabaret at Sci-Fi Ball 25

24 . 08 . 18

Doctor Who actor Terry Molloy has been announced as the latest guest to appear at the 25th Annual Sci-Fi Ball as well as performing his sensational one-man cabaret show – The Dave Ross Cabaret – a mix of madcap ukulele fun, stories, dramatic recordings and readings, jokes and of course – audience participation! Terry will perform his show during the events grand banquet, where as well as this intergalactic cabaret, guests can enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal at a black tie/cosplay ball.

An accomplished broadcaster, Terry has won several prestigious Radio and Audio Drama Awards. In 1973 he joined the cast of BBC Radio 4’s The Archers as Mike Tucker, originally for five weeks. Forty-five years later, and Terry is still a regular in Ambridge! Along with a wide spectrum of television appearances, he is perhaps best well known on the small screen to Doctor Who fans as Davros, creator of the Daleks, playing the Doctor’s nemesis in the classic series from 1983 to 1989, and continuing to voice the character to the present day, in many of the award winning Big Finish Audio adventures. Other feted audio work includes the cult paranormal comedy series, The Scarifyers as Prof. Edward Dunning to David Warner’s Harry (Thumper) Crow.

Terry’s recent screen work has included, In Love with Alma Cogan, Chick Lit, a new production from Capriol Films, Draw on Sweet Night, a WWII film about a US regiment fighting in Europe, titled Lost, and the acclaimed 1st web series of the cult Sci-Fi drama Kosmos, with on-going drama series Humber City.

Terry will be attending the whole weekend, offering attendees the opportunity to have their photograph taken with him, autographs, guest talks and no doubt, getting up to mischief with the Sci-Fi Ball’s infamous full-size, roaming Daleks.
 


New Sci-Fi Ball Flexi-Payment Plan Logo

New Sci-Fi Ball Flexi-Payment Plan

08 . 06 . 18

We are pleased to share with you our brand new Sci-Fi Ball Flexi-Payment Plan. An updated system to help those that need help with paying for Sci-Fi Ball 26 and details as to how it will affect those who are already on the old payment plan paying for Sci-Fi Ball 25 and why this should make paying for the Sci-Fi Ball even easier.

Moving forward, for those that wish to pay for Sci-Fi Ball 26 using the Flexi-Payment Plan, we will collect a minimum deposit of £40 (or more) at the next Sci-Fi Ball and we will then ask for a third of the outstanding balance quarterly with the second payment due by the end of June (invoices sent at the beginning of each month), third at the end of September and the final payment will be due by the 24th December. Payment can be made using BACS/Bank Transfer, cheque, debit or credit cards.

If you do decide to use the Sci-Fi Ball Flexi-Payment Plan you will receive a £10 discount off the total cost of the Full Weekend Dining / Non-Dining / Gold Pass Tickets packages.

For those that are already part of the old system, the dates above will also apply. However, If you have any confusion or would like to speak with our Treasurer regarding difficulties about the first payment date, please just e-mail James.Perry@scifiball.com as we appreciate this transitional stage may make this next payment difficult.

Or alternatively you can just pay the full amount for whichever tickets you require in full during the event or later via the new Sci-Fi Ball website.

Please note that we no longer handle room bookings and will provide you with a code once you have booked your tickets either via the Flexi-payment-plan or online that will allow you to book directly with the Grand Harbour Hotel.

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Dino Fetscher from C4's Humans to make first convention appearance at Sci-Fi Ball 25 Logo

Dino Fetscher from C4's Humans to make first convention appearance at Sci-Fi Ball 25

29 . 05 . 18

We are delighted to announce Dino Fetscher as our very first guest for Sci-Fi Ball 25.

Dino Fetscher is a Welsh actor who many will recognise from the brand new series of Channel 4's Humans. Dino plays Stanley - the first major 'Orange Eyed' synth, who is tasked with looking after Laura (Katherine Parkinson) after she has her first meeting with the Dryden Commission.

Television credits include Russell T. Davies' Cucumber and Banana, including an entire episode led by him and another actor, Alex Wayfield in ITV's Paranoid and his West End theatre credits including As Is (Trafalgar Studios) and Ghost Stories (Arts Theatre).

Film credits include: Now You See Me 2.

This will be Dino Fetscher's first ever convention appearance. He will be joining us for the whole weekend.


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A Shiny New Website

It's taken a lot of hard work, however the Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to share with you our shiny new website. Many thanks to Karen and Sean Douch of Rendili - Web and Mobile Development for all of their hardwork adding every bell and whistle they could find whilst ensuring a much better user experience for our customers.

We wouldn't be a Sci-Fi convention unless there was a gremlin or two, so if you do discover any problems, please let our Public Relations Officer know by e-mailing Andrew Keates

There will be many updates over the next few months, including uploading our 25 year history of the convention, new events and guests announcments so make sure you keep checking back to discover all things Sci-Fi Ball.

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