A couple of weeks ago I spent a bit of time with Gareth Kavanagh, chair of the Greater Manchester Fringe Chair and co-owner of the Lass O’Gowrie pub.
Long term and attentive readers will know that Gareth is one of the driving forces behind the Vworp Vworp! magazine and events and more recently he’s produced live events based on classic TV shows – 1960s episodes of Coronation Street, some Rising Damp and even the Russell T Davies’ episode Midnight.
His latest project as part of the Fringe is Robots of Death and its audio sequel Storm Mine, the former adapted to feature not the Doctor and Leela but Kaston Iago – played on the first night by the incomparable Paul Darrow – with kind permission from writer Chris Boucher and Daniel O’Mahony. The events sport some awesome posters, as shown above, with artwork by the excellent Ade Salmon, whose work you will recognise from Doctor Who Magazine!
I interviewed Gareth for Kasterborous TV in which we discussed a range of shows and movies as well as other forthcoming productions (Porridge, Nigel Kneale’s The Year of the Sex Olympics, an Evening with Philip Martin and a play based on a deal-sealing meal between Sir Clive Sinclair and Sir Alan Sugar).
Paul Darrow stars as Kaston Iago on July 1st at the Fab Cafe, 109 Portland Street, Manchester in Robots of Death and Storm Mine with a Q&A following. Tickets for this event are £20 from quaytickets.com.
Following this opening night, Robots of Death continues at the Fab Cafe on July 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th while Storm Mine completes its run at the Lass O’Gowrie on July 13th – 15th. Both shows will continue with a second cast, and a lower price of £8.