Bringing Cosmic Trigger to the Stage


Pic: Daisy Eris Campbell (C)

Thanks to a hot tipper on Facebook (friend me) for pointing me in the direction of this. Apparently the daughter of the guy who did the Illuminatus play back in the day is now setting her sites on an adaptation of Cosmic Trigger. Via the Liverpool Confidential:

“Campbell’s daughter does not have to be quite so forceful this Monday afternoon to command all eyes and ears. With all the charisma of her father – not to mention the striking features of her mother (the actress Prunella Gee) – that’s not a bad hand of DNA cards.

Daisy is in Liverpool on a recce for a performance lecture she is co-hosting next month with science fiction author John Higgs. Higgs is a man who also writes with authority about Timothy Leary but who is recently best known for a critically acclaimed book on the KLF’s money-burning adventures. He will deliver a talk titled “I blame Liverpool.”  He isn’t the first.

There will be extras, such as a brand new video interview with comic book magician/anarchist Alan Moore, discussing all things Robert Anton Wilson, or “Pope Bob” as he is known to this lot.

But that’s just for starters.

Daisy, conceived backstage at her father’s 1976 Liverpool production of Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson’s Illuminatus!, has already successfully directed her own version of Neil Oram’s epic, The Warp (which Ken Campbell brought to the Everyman stage in 1980).

So, obviously, such a chip off the old block would be up for resurrecting Illuminatus! – a magnum opus by two Playboy writers which, in a nutshell, took the piss. By using psychology, quantum physics and conspiracy theory the Trilogy demonstrated just how arbitrary and untrustworthy our beliefs really are.

But, obviously, this chip off this block doesn’t do obvious, or as Alan Moore might have it: “If you are doing something that you are entirely comfortable with, that is probably because you have done it before. Or somebody else has done it before. So there is actually little point in doing it again. Always take on incredibly difficult and hard projects that will probably be the ruin of you.”

Whatever you might think of that, “the whole thing has been this series of synchronicities and strangeness,” says Daisy, a woman who studied a Liverpool John Moores University MA in Jung’s collective unconscious and whose own favourite quote (borrowed from Antero Alli) is “Yesterday they called it coincidence. Today it’s synchronicity. Tomorrow they’ll call it skill.”

Fucking fantastic and for once I really don’t have much to add to that other than that if you happen to be in Liverpool, they’re doing a benefit featuring a never before seen video from Alan Moore talking about Pope Bob among other rad shit this Sunday, February 23rd (of course). I’d be there if I could and here’s a link with the event details. 



Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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3 Comments on "Bringing Cosmic Trigger to the Stage"

  1. She talks about it at length here and even stages a few of the scenes:

  2. specialtasks | Feb 21, 2014 at 9:34 pm |

    Nice – I finished “KLF: Chaos, Magic, Music, Money” last night and I get to read about this today. But that is just a coincidance.

  3. I’m finishing up Cosmic Trigger right now. LOVE IT. RAW is an intellectual hero to me now. That being said, i’m a little wary of a stage adaptation of a non-fiction book that doesn’t have a narrative. Plus, it would lose RAW’s unique tone. I tried reading some of his work in my early 20’s and simply didn’t get it. Now 20 years later I get it, and feel like I had to work to get to this point to deserve it. :flamesuit on?:

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