Ronah Munro’s Frankenstein was not only a thrilling depiction of the original story but also added an engaging modern twist. The addition of Mary Shelley’s character provided context to the play and an insight into the mind of the author at the time. The play allowed the audience to understand alternate interpretations and considers a new metaphorical meaning to the book. Munro places the writer of the original novel; Mary Shelley amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.
Unfortunately, there were not any programmes available so I can’t name any of the cast specifically but all were talented actors and actresses who portrayed their characters extremely well!
The actress who played Mary Shelley was very engaging – hilarious with well timed punch lines and comedic looks but serious and even sinister when the time called for it.
The actors playing Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s monster portrayed insanity and struggle very realistically in a way that allowed the audience to feel sympathy for both characters in different ways.
The story was told in the classic, dramatic scenes by an extremely talented, yet small ensemble that switched roles seamlessly – so well that many in the audience thought they were in fact different people.
The minimalistic set design created a perfectly eerie mood that allowed the sinister sense of Mary Shelley’s novel to take charge – so much so that I jumped in my seat multiple times! The interactive set and props made the show feel more intimate and authentic.
Overall, the play was beautifully crafted and a real pleasure to watch!
This show gets: