03 March 2017 to 04 March 2017
Tickets: £14 (£12 concession), Groups of 20+ £10 each and every 11th ticket free*
Main Auditorium: 7:30pm, Age 11+
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“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
Geneva, 1816. Victor Frankenstein obsesses in the pursuit of nature’s secret, the elixir of life itself. But nothing can prepare him for what he creates. So begins a gripping life or death adventure taking him to the ends of the earth and beyond.
A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music, puppetry and stunning theatricality. From the team behind Blackeyed Theatre’s hugely successful 2013 production of Dracula comes a fresh, exciting telling of Shelley’s landmark work of literature.
A unique feature of the production is the use of Bunraku-style puppetry to portray The Creature. Designed and built by Yvonne Stone (Warhorse, His Dark Materials), the full size 6’4” puppet, which needs up to 3 people to manipulate it, adds an exciting new dimension to the retelling of the classic story.
Director Eliot Giuralarocca says, I’m really excited to be directing Frankenstein. It's a taut, gripping thriller, an exciting gothic fairy tale for grown-ups and a morality play all rolled into one. It’s always a daunting challenge to attempt to breathe new life into a classic but with a wonderful ensemble cast and a fusion of bold storytelling, music, sound and Bunraku-style puppetry I'm hoping we can bring Mary Shelley’s gothic fairy tale kicking and screaming into life!
John Ginman comments, Working on this has left me full of admiration for the achievement of the nineteen-year-old novice writer, who responded to the challenge of inventing a ghost story ‘to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart’. This version seeks to provoke thought and discussion around many key issues that have renewed significance for us today including the ethics of genetic experimentation, and the causes of violent behaviour in some marginalised social groups.
“One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre” - The Stage
"if you at some point find yourself brought back in your seat given the ecstasy of the performances, then you might quietly acknowledge the tenacity and talent of all those involved who do so much with so little... an exquisitely entertaining play and an excellent two hours at the theatre" - Dundee Review of the Arts on The Great Gatsby
*Group tickets are not available to book online