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Published on July 11th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

Masks of Death

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Terry Cooper, the man behind the madcap story Kangazang, has been an awfully busy man recently. Not only has he lent a hand in rebuilding the iconic igloo from Luke Skywalker’s home world (from a little known movie series called Star Wars) but the man of many talents can now add robot rebuilding to his CV!

Recently, the twice published writer has lent himself to recreating some replicas of VOC robot masks for a new stage play starring Paul Darrow called The Robots of Death. Darrow plays Kaston Iago, a detective investigating a series of robot-related murders aboard a mining vessel. Sound familiar at all? The play was recently staged at the Manchester Fringe Festival and is directed by Gareth Kavanagh, with Darrow starring on the initial launch night.

Cooper brings a labour of love to the production what with The Robots of Death (1976 version) being one of his favourite Doctor Who stories that ever was and explained his passion that went into the reproduction of the masks:

“I loved the elegant lines and the androgyny of the robots, and to be given the opportunity to make replicas of them for this show was a not-to-be-missed opportunity.”

Paul Darrow, whose strong lead performance is akin to his intensity from his role as Kerr Avon from Blake’s 7, also praised the recreated masks for their production values:

“They really are beautiful objects and very creepy as well!”

The Robots of Death opens at The Fab Café, Manchester on 23rd July and Storm Mine, another chapter in the Kaldor City saga, begins on 28th July at the Lass O’Gowrie Pub, also in Manchester (although note that these do not feature Paul Darrow).

(With thanks to Shaun)

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




One Response to Masks of Death

  1. avatar Richard Elliott says:

    Looking forward to this stage show! A shame Paul isn’t in the entire run. I’ve read Terry’s Kangazag book too, it’s really funny -reminds me of Hitchhiker and red Dwarf combined!

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