Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Wizard of Notts Recommends: Star Wars and Doctor Who stars will attend Nottingham sci-fi and fantasy convention Em-Con

Star Wars and Doctor Who stars will attend Nottingham sci-fi and fantasy convention Em-Con

By Nottingham Post  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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Torchwood Star Eve Myles

SCI-FI fans will be able to discover their inner Jedi at the inaugural Em-Con event at the Albert Hall.
The East Midlands Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention on March 16 will be attended by cast members from the legendary Star Wars film series, as well cast members from Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, Tron, Red Dwarf, Torchwood and many other films and TV series.
"The interest in the convention has been phenomenal," says organiser Lee Wallis.
"This is the first Em-Con and we've already had a massive response."
Tickets have been bought by fans from as far away as the US, France and Belgium.
As well as sci-fi and fantasy stars and crew members, there'll be a range of comic dealers and merchandise stalls.
"They'll be selling unusual and valuable objects," says Lee.
"One company produces jewellery for sci-fi and fantasy films, including the ring from the Lord Of The Rings films. There'll be replicas of that on sale."
But the biggest draw has been the celebrity guests who'll be on hand to meet fans and talk about the shows that they worked on.
"We've got stars from such a wide range of shows.
"Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules and Mac Macdonald will all be sharing the stage to relive their memories making Red Dwarf, answering questions from the audience and sticking around to meet fans.
"We've also got stars of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones.
"And there's David Warner, who has appeared in Doctor Who, Star Trek, Planet Of The Apes and more!"
Lee first noticed the popularity of the sci-fi and fantasy elements after attending a similar convention in Wales. It was this that convinced him to create an event in Nottingham.
He's already put on sell-out shows at The Approach, in the city centre, featuring stars of Red Dwarf, Game Of Thrones and This Is England.
"There is a huge fanbase for sci-fi and fantasy in Nottingham and I felt that their needs were not being met. It's the first of its kind in Nottingham."
Other stars booked include Torchwood stars Eve Myles and Kai Owen, Virginia Hey from Farrscape, Frazer Hines, Dan Starkey and Simon Becker-Fisher, who have all appeared in Doctor Who, plus Hannah Spearritt from Primeval and Gethin Anthony, Gemma Whelan and Miltos Yerolemou from Game Of Thrones. Local actor Andrew Shim, who has been in This Is and England and A Room For Romeo Brass, will also appear because of his appearance in the 2012 film UFO – later retitled Alien Uprising.
The early bird tickets for the event have already sold out, but tickets can still be purchased on the Em-Con website or on the door on the day.
"We're expecting a lot of people coming to the convention – it's going to be great fun," says Lee. "There will be something for everyone, including wild science fiction and fantasy costumes!"

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