This is purely conjecture and an experiment at this stage. I just want to know what you might think of the idea.
For those of you who don't know me yet, a brief introduction:
Tixia (my darling wife) and I make music together and make strange little animated films, amongst other things, and I happen to live in the road where HG Wells wrote for part of his life (The Time Machine in particular was partly written here). I have been looking into setting up something to commemorate his achievement for some time now.
Anyway, we have been looking for somewhere to move to that doesn't have the limitations that the concept of 'rooms' imposes. We need space for puppet making, film making and music making!
So, we're looking for a creative space, but have been thinking more and more of making it a public space, a place where people can show off their creative efforts. A place where film makers can screen their films, actors can perhaps put on plays, musicians can play their music and artists can exhibit their work...
We already know a fairly wide mix of actors, film makers, musicians and songwriters who are interested in this idea. What I'd like to do is set up a creative space, celebrating HG Wells creativity, but have the focus on Steampunk, as I kinda think of HG Wells along with Verne are the Fathers of Steampunk.
We already help organize the Environmental Fair every year - about 10,000 people come along to listen to bands, eat good music and generally socialize. I don't make any money out of it - it's all voluntary and I've been doing it for about a decade now.
So, we're used to organizing stuff...but we just thought: wouldn't it be fun to actually be the live-in curators of a completely Steampunk venue?
So, the idea came to me to combine all these things together - what if there was a Steampunk Gathering Place - a venue, where Steampunks could arrange meet ups, and know that there would regularly be Steamy goings on there on stage, on screen, as exhibitions, or...all manner of things for them to enjoy?
Does this sound like a good idea?
There is a space that is for sale (freehold) at the moment, which is just around the corner from the road that HG Wells used to live in - a minutes walk from the Worcester Park train station, 30 mins from Waterloo.
If this happens, we'd be essentially opening up our home as a community centre (or at least part of it!), and there was a recent story about a chap in Cornwall who opened his front room as a community center, so it occurred to me that it might be something that is possible to do.
Would you be interested in a Steampunk Venue in a location that The Time Machine was written in?
If there are enough people vaguely interested, I'll look into it a bit more, and figure out the best way of going about it.
I just want to know if we're crazy or not.
Do you think this is possible?