A Monster Adaption Comes to Theatr Brycheiniog this November to Celebrate Mary Shelley’s Gothic Masterpiece!
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils…”
Originating in the 19th century as a ghost story written thanks to a challenge set by friend and fellow writer Lord Byron, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has turned into a masterpiece loved by generations. 200 years since its publication Cascade breathes new life into this well known tale. Visceral and engaging, Cascade’s production brings to the stage all the potency, drama and tragic inevitability that has made the original novel beloved of generation after generation.
We all know Frankenstein; the tale of the monster made of and by man. A cautionary tale, a creation story, an outsider story… a love story. This November, a new Frankenstein is born thanks to Artistic Director Phil Williams’ compelling new adaptation of the ultimate gothic fantasy.
Here is what Phil Williams says about the piece:
‘I am excited to be bringing Frankenstein to Welsh theatres this coming autumn. It’s a well-known tale, which has been told countless times over its 200-year lifetime, spanning myriad genres. Everyone is familiar with the green skinned monster with the bolts through his neck. But the story is rarely seen from his perspective. What makes a monster? Are they born monstrous? Is there a monster within us all? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has it all: love, passion, fear, resentment, injustice; and the novel still raises essential questions about our moral judgements. It’s a story that is today just as important, with our aching social inequalities and the ethical considerations surrounding our scientific and technological advancements.’
Williams’ production frees the story from its 19th century bounds, with a setting that is neither specific or limiting – it is a tale for any era, unrestricted by time. What makes a monster? Are they born monstrous? Is there a monster within us all? Frankenstein still raises essential questions about our moral judgements. It’s a story that is today just as important as it was 200 years ago, with our aching social inequalities and the ethical considerations surrounding our scientific and technological advancements.
Frankenstein comes to Theatr Brycheiniog on Tuesday 13 November and features 6 dancers and 2 musicians who will create live music mixed with pre-recorded soundscapes. The show will include dialogue, dance, video and open captioning integrated throughout the set in order to make the production accessible for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audience members.
For more information on the above show, or to find out what else is coming up this autumn you can contact the theatre on 01874 611622 or visit their website.
Cascade Dance Theatre in coproduction with Taliesin Arts Centre
Tuesday 13 November, 7.30pm
£15 / £13 Students
Recommended for ages 12+
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery, with additional support from Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Ty Cerdd and Creu Cymru.