Mary Shelley dedicated her novel to her father William Godwin who understood that knowledge ‘unmixed with sentiments of benevolence and sympathy’ is a poor thing. This adaptation begins with a prologue about Mary’s life and influences. It explores the themes of the destructive potential of science and the responsibility of the scientist to consider the use to which their inventions and discoveries might be put, and society’s rejection of those who are ‘other’. Poetic language, strong visual images, a classical chorus, and a fluid, theatrical form call for a dance-like style of performance, a non-realistic set and costumes.
Percy Shelley – the poet, husband of Mary Shelley
William Godwin – Mary Shelley’s father, respected intellectual
Clerval – Victor’s friend
Frankenstein’s father – a magistrate, wealthy, educated, kind
Justine Moritz – an ill-fated innocent, victim of social hysteria and injustice
The Blind Old Woman – she does not fear or abuse the Creature, believes ‘even criminals should not be isolated’.
Mary Shelley – author of ‘Frankenstein’
Elizabeth – loves Frankenstein, anxious about his preoccupation with ‘sacred sordid acts’.
Snap Theatre Company, Bishop's Stortford, UK, directed by Jeremy James. National tour.
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