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Spanning three boroughs and five venues, this was a sprawling monster!
During which remote control whacky races were invented...bedlam ensued!
Outdoor summer picnicking fun with exhibitions, Steampunk Morris dancing, talks, music and ostrich racing!
AT THE COSTUME GAMES + AFTERGLOW AT THE YELLOW BOOK BRIGHTON
Outdoors again - we took the event title and ran with it, playing a selection of Very Silly Games, including Splendid Teapot Racing, Battle Croquet, Tea Duelling, Ostrich Racing - even the Fling a Familiar Bazooka came out to play. Chain Mail talks from Clym and Valerie, and book readings from Ceri-Leigh and Daren Callow - it was a regular riot! The Yellow Book is (rumour has it) the UK's first Steampunk tavern, so we went and quaffed a few as an afterglow to the event - and what a wonderful day it was too!
So, the first November edition of the Convivial saw Enforced Ventriloquy for the first time, and a marvellous talk from C.A.K.E. (and that fantastic author Kit Cox), model exhibitions from Joe Slatter and Steve Salmon, a Mannequin Challenge, unexpected free cake for everyone from Des Kay...marvellous!
Expanding the market into the church over the road meant we could hold a miniature battle of Waterloo!
THE NONSUCH CHRISTMAS GATHERING
A perfect way to end the year 2015 - decent food, wonderful company and excellent entertainment - this event invaded the historic Merton Abbey Mills with a Christmas market, a Mad Hatter's Christmas Party at the William Morris pub - with several Queen's speeches,; an evening variety show that was simply brimming with talented acts who performed from the heart...and a late night real ale session until 1am!
Splendid Teapot Racing - during which "the tunnel of love" was born, Umbrella fencing with the all new asphyxiation helmets, Fling-a-Familiar with Kit Cox, and sythesisers, the miniature battle of Pegasus bridge, bands, Snakes and Slatter...and so much more!
This time, by popular request, we unleashed Reversible Percival and The Architects of Divine Chaos in the pub - ending up with a snake playing a theremin. Other highlights included late night squid hurling, and 40 confused hat wearers dancing along to 1980's catwalk music without a clue as to the reason why...
The Summer edition of the Convivial, this packed out weekend had aerial dancing from Fleur Noire, Montague Jaques Fromage and the Steampunk Funk Bizarre, Toc Balloon-a-Tic, and a variety of Victorian parlour games as always, including The Finest Tosser!
A chap with a car pulled up to the church. "I noticed you all in kind of military outfits and so on, so I thought - that looks like fun - I'll go and get Amy. Can I bring Amy along? She's in the car. She has a military outfit.
I remember shepherding Amy through the pub. Amy is a nice sheep.
SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL XIII
There was so much music - over at the church, and games downstairs in the pub, and upstairs, a plethora of newly discovered parlour games - including Lemon Golf, Orange Battling, The Hat Dance and of course several firm favourites.
Bozwell X Crow even made a film about it all, so if you missed it, you can catch up here!
We also got a lovely write up in Vice - how super!
SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL XIV
A huge variety of parlour games, including Feather and Matchbox Race (which was slightly sabotaged, it must be said), music from a wide variety of wonderful musicians, stalls with ostriches racing through them, wonderful exhibitions and the "Make Your Own Frankenstein's Monster" competition...and the first Nonsuch Court Hearing!
SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL XV
The first Convivial at our new venue, The Station in Stoneleigh was great fun! Upstairs in the function hall, Captain of the Lost Waves headlined, and Captain Kuppa T and the Zeppelin Crew played alongside a super cast of performers - Are you there Moriarty substituted balloons for newspapers on the Sunday at Mason's bar next door, with outdoor teapot racing, binocular football and an impromptu game of Ibble Dibble. Ben was hauled to the Nonsuch Court Hearing by The League Against Familiar Flinging: for crimes against Familiars...but despite pleading guilty until found innocent - managed to be found innocent!
SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL XVI
Returning to our new favourite place, we saw a large number of Victorian parlour games based on newspaper. News stand, the Newspaper race, The Newspaper Game and of course a bit of Moriarty...now there are other newspaper games as well, but there was so much music to pack in: we enjoyed a superb set from The Filthy Spectacula and a huge number of other brilliant musicians...and other craziness involving a bizarre drinking game involving what appeared to be a gallows, and a surprise birthday present of a hundred rubber ducks. Making it very difficult to have a bath right now.
SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL XVII
Wow, what a super weekend that was - absolutely off the scale bonkers!
There were so many musicians that I cannot begin to name them all by name, but I’ll try: Ukeholics; Pena; Humphrey and Maude; Boswell X Crow; Dandy Man, Catherine Paver, Moth, Time Machine, Kiss Like Ether, Kosmic Troubadour and Gareth Wax on the Saturday - and Duke Box, Doctor Grey and his Orchestra of One; Huss and Luca; Experimental Sonic Machines; Sum Yee; Alan; Choro Bandido and for the special second wind for the hardcore Steampunks - the marvellous Gareth Wax and assorted drummers and percussionists jammed until we had no more left to give! But also the dancers: the sublime Scarlet Butterfly and the somewhat more ridiculous (they would probably agree heartily) ANT HOT GOSSIP!
SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL XVIII
Just prior to The Terrible Plague, we managed to get one final Convivial in.
Pictured here is the wonderful Victor Ghastly, photo by the equally wonderful Jeanette Macklin.
There was a Steampunk auction. We rocked out with The Pink Diamond Revue.
I am not sure how it happened, but this time we tried Newtonian Gravity racing teacups. But we ended up with a live reptile joining in.
THE FAKE SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL
As featured on the BSBC
Set during a time of chaos and upheaval in the Kingdoms, and featuring an all-star cast, it portrays a legendary event………that never was. (Following programmes may be subject to delay)
This weekend should have been the Surrey Steampunk Convivial again, but for reasons everyone knows about, this wasn’t able to go ahead. The last Surrey Convivial was at the end of February, just before everyone’s world was turned upside down, and it seems such a long time since we all dressed up, met up and had a jolly splendid Steampunk time. Here’s hoping that the next one, in October, is still on. Maude sends her apologies to anyone not featured in this short film, she was busy night and day, felting the characters for this, and couldn’t get round to making everyone this time.
July 2020, Humphrey and Maude