The Fringe Files

Planet of the Zers (2016)

For early 2016, The Fringe Files presented science fiction parody Planet of the Zers, written by Michael Starr.

The Plot

Four star fleet crew members beam down to an extinct planet for a standard away mission, but what happens when they lose contact with their mother ship? A mission of discovery becomes a battle to survive. Join us for this wacky Star Trek parody.

The Notes

For this production, The Fringe Files welcomed newbies Brian Paterson (performer), Phoebe Mulcahy (performer), Craig Weaver (performer), Jon Attwood (performer), Charlotte Wright (performer) and Charlotte Watkin (tech) for their debut with us. Rhian Brimble (tech), Sarah Brady (props) and Robert Walker (photography) all returned, whilst founder Michael Starr (writer / producer) completed the line-up.

This ‘small scale’ production brought about a scheduling change for The Fringe Files. For the first time, we presented a show during the Spring festival season. Additionally, The Fringe Files also returned to where it all began, back in 2011, at the Backwell Playhouse (Bristol), our original rehearsal and performance space for inaugural show The Curse of Miss Fortune.

The Timetable

Rehearsals ran from January 2016 to March 2016 at The Drawbridge (Bristol), Bishops Tavern (Bristol) and The Hope & Anchor (Bristol). Performance venues included the Backwell Playhouse, as part of the Avon One Act Drama Festival (February 27, 2016), Shaftesbury Arts Centre, as part of the Shaftesbury Drama Festival (March 5, 2016) & Norden Farm, as part of the Maidenhead Drama Festival (March 19, 2016). The Fringe Files were later invited to return to the Backwell Playhouse, as part of the Avon One Act Drama Festival recall (April 16, 2016), for this performance we changed one of the cast roles.

The Team

The following members were involved in this production:

Michael Starr Writer / Producer
Rhian Brimble Light Tech
Charlotte Watkin Sound Tech
Robert Walker Photography
Sarah Brady Performer / Props Master
Phoebe Mulcahy Performer
Craig Weaver Performer
Jon Attwood Performer
Brian Paterson Performer
Charlotte Wright Performer (for Bristol 16/04)

The Accolades

We are proud to have received the following award acknowledgements:

The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Best direction’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival. [2016] [won]
The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Teamwork’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival. [2016] [won]
Jon Attwood nominated in ‘Best actor’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Shaftesbury Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best original play’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
Craig Weaver nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [won]
Charlotte Watkin nominated in ‘Best sound’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘NDFA play writing award’ category for production Planet of the Zers, presented at the Avon Drama Festival. [2016] [nominated]

The Script

This script is now available to digitally download for free. If you do perform this play, please do consider offering a token donation to the writer. Click here to visit the download page.