New Robots of Death and Storm Mine adaptations set for debut at the very first Greater Manchester Fringe, with a special guest star in the shape of Paul Darrow!
Building on the critical success of January’s adaptation of Midnight, Lass O’Gowrie Productions are back with brand new adaptations of 1977’s Robots of Death – a Tom Baker classic Doctor Whostory from 1977 and Storm Mine, the final drama in a series of Robots of Death tie in audio sequels Kaldor City from producers Magic Bullet. Robots of Death is considered by many fans to be Doctor Who‘s golden era and was voted in the top 10 by fans in Doctor Who Magazine‘s poll of polls in 2009.
As with January’s production of Midnight at the Lass O’Gowrie, neither the Doctor or his 1977 companion Leela will feature in Robots of Death, but instead this classic Doctor Who story has been adapted to feature the main characters from Magic Bullet’s series of audio adventures – Kaston Iago and Elska Blayes. The adaptation of Robots of Death is being undertaken by Alan Stevens, mastermind behind the Magic Bullet Kaldor City audios, based on original writer Chris Boucher’s rehearsal scripts and are promised to add a new dimension to this classic tale, whilst remaining consistent with both the original Doctor Who tale and the Kaldor City audios.
The productions will be staged at Fab Cafe and the Lass O’Gowrie as part of the inagural Greater Manchester Fringe in July. Robots of Death will run at Fab Cafe in the first week of July, with Storm Mine following in the second week of July.
Both productions will include a brand new, full cast; but for a very special launch event on July 1st at Fab Cafe, the producers are thrilled to announce that Paul Darrow – famed as Avon in BBC TV’s Blake’s 7 – will be reprising the part of Kaston Iago in both productions on the opening night only. This will be the first time he has ever played the part live, and is an amazing treat for fans of Doctor Who, Blake’s 7 and inteligent sci-fi alike.
Speaking about the productions, Producer Gareth Kavanagh:
“Anyone who knows their Doctor Who will tell you Robots of Death is one of the best Doctor Who’s ever made in the past 49 years, so no pressure! But I’m confident that as with Halo Jones and Midnight at the Lass O’Gowrie, we’ll pull this off with style.
“And with original writer Chris Boucher’s blessing and amazing rehearsal scripts, the brilliant Alan Stevens and his Kaldor City extended universe AND Paul Darrow with us for one day reprising his role as Kaston Iago, what could be better? Colour us officially excited…”
Tickets for both productions will be available from Quay tickets from late May, whilst more information on the Greater Manchester Fringe is available from www.greatermanchesterfringe.co.uk from Friday.
The following links will be of much use to anyone interested in attending. We’ll have more details as and when they become available.