With the Liverpool debut a resounding success, Daisy Campbell’s stage adaptation of the Cosmic Trigger trilogy heads to London this weekend. The performance is Daisy’s response to requests she stage a version of her father’s epic show, Illuminatus! If you don’t already have a ticket, get one, and prepare to have your mind blown in just the right way. Daisy Campbell spoke to Anu Shakla about the play’s conception in this interview.
“…It’s been a self-producing DIY thing: it’s not been commissioned, it’s not been supported or co-produced with any theatre, it’s an entirely grassroots endeavour. So for a Discordian production, it makes total sense that this is the way it’s having its first outing. What lies beyond, I don’t know. What happens when you pull together all these people in this way? Let’s pull the cosmic trigger and see what the fall out is.”
Cosmic Capering in the Spirit of Ken Campbell:
“When we first put out that we wanted to do a crowd-funder and we were asking people to donate 23 pounds, in that first few days, I got a royalty cheque for £23. I got it from my dad because it was his work. It feels like he’s very present and very involved, his spirit has been very involved.
And actually, someone said to me: ‘this whole project, it’s backward looking no? Because you’re looking back to this time in the sixties and early seventies of Robert Anton Wilson writing Illuminatus! and when Timothy Leary, William Burroughs and all those other guys were getting to know each other, isn’t that a bit backward looking?’
But in fact, what’s become clearer and clearer is that it’s honouring the ancestors and it feels really important. John Higgs’ book is another example: that there’s a kind of need to look back and understand this sort of strange subterranean lineage and the heritage that’s still running through a lot of peoples’ veins and they need another expression for it.
I’d like inspire others to take up the mantle of cosmic capering. Not everything has to be funded and professional in the way that we get told. We can do it ourselves and we can let it come through; let the high magick rise, proceed even though you don’t know what the hell you’re doing and let’s pull the cosmic trigger!”…”
Read the full interview here.
Image attributed to Adam Clark