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SPINE CHILLING A new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s seminal 1818 gothic horror novel
Opening Monday 28th October 2019 at 7:30 PM
An eighteen year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of
generations to come.
A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness. Dangerous and vengeful, the creature threatens to obliterate Frankenstein and everyone he loves, in a ferocious and bloodthirsty hunt for his maker.
Cast and Creative
Rona Munro’s brilliant new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.
Rona Munro said of the new production:
“This story has been told and retold in hundreds of different versions since it was first written. But it remains the dark and rebellious roar of its adolescent author. Mary Shelley was only eighteen when she wrote the novel and she’d already broken every social rule that should have shaped her life. That’s the version of Frankenstein I’ve returned to, the version of the novel. The story is told in the voice of that defiant and passionate young girl accusing her elders, the culture of her age and intent on terrifying the whole world.”
Anna Fox, Head of New Work at Selladoor Creation, said:
“Selladoor Creation are delighted to be working with Rona to create a dramatic reinvention of this classic story. We relish the work we do with writers, so we are proud to be a part of a production that will examine the writers’ process in such an innovative way. It has been a fascinating journey to go on with the piece, and we are excited for this bold new take on a beloved gothic horror to be brought to life for audiences of today.”
The production will be directed by Patricia Benecke, with composition and sound design by Simon Slater, lighting design by Grant Anderson and designed by Becky Minto.
Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television. Her recent theatre credits include Lucy Barton, adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Strout and performed by Laura Linney at the Bridge Theatre London in 2018-19. Other credits include The James Plays: a trilogy of award-winning plays produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre UK and Edinburgh
International Festival, Scuttlers (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Little Eagles (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Iron (Traverse Theatre, Royal Court Theatre) for which she won the John Whiting Award in 2003.
Her television credits include the BAFTA-nominated Bumping the Odds (BBC Scotland) and Rehab (BBC Two), and her films include Ladybird Ladybird and Oranges and Sunshine. Her work for radio includes several dramas for The Stanley Baxter Playhouse. Rona is the only writer so far to have contributed episodes to both the classic and contemporary series of Doctor Who (BBC One).
Director Patricia Benecke directs in the UK and Europe. For her company Dialogue, she has directed Scorched (Old Vic Tunnels), The Furies/Land of the Dead/Helter Skelter (Bush Theatre and UK tour), Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qu’ran (Bush Theatre, Assembly Rooms and UK Tour), Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons (Soho Theatre), Top Dogs (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour), Merlin (Riverside Studios), Heroes Like Us (Edinburgh Festival/NXT) and The MC of a Striptease Act Doesn’t Give Up (international tour). Patricia is Creative Associate at Belgrade Theatre Coventry, where her shows include Cougar the Musical and Nora. Patricia also directed Stop Blaming, Start Loving for the Old Vic's 24 Hour Plays Gala.
Designer Becky Minto has designed over 100 productions for companies including National Theatre Scotland, The Royal Lyceum, Grid Iron, Perth Rep, Visible Fictions, Vanishing Point, Scottish Dance Theatre, Lung Ha, All Or Nothing, 7:84, The Byre, The Citizen’s Theatre, Upswing Aerial Theatre Company, Fire Exit, Walk The Plank, Mark Murphy, Dundee Rep and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. She was awarded the Silver medal for Space Design for the National Theatre Scotland’s production of The 306:Dawn at the World Stage Design exhibition in 2017. She has been nominated for 3 CATS awards and a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Design.
Eilidh Loan, depicting Mary Shelley herself onstage as the author personally unfolding her monstrous tale of creature and creator.
Victor Frankenstein is played by English actor Ben Castle-Gibb.
Performances from – Monday 28th October 2019 to Saturday 2nd November 2019
Showtime: 7:30pm; Thu & Sat 2:30pm
Tickets £12.50 - £33.50: Box office 02920 87 88 89 or book online
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Nathan Scott-Howe
Tuesday, October 22, 2019back



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