Review by Richard Lane
Nick Dear’s adaptation of MaryShelley’s novel Frankenstein, is a grotesque story terrifying us from the very opening of Kerrin White’s production.
A ghastly, naked monster , attached to a giant frame falls down bleeding profusely, pulling tubes from his body howling and ululating.
And so we greet with horror the Creature, “created” by his master , scientist Victor Frankenstein.
Kerrin White’s production on a spare, minimalistic set using rear – projected images, lighting and sound effects and deploying eight actors to play some twenty five roles, is stunning .
The performance of the Creature played magnificently by Steve Parker, is vital to the ensuing horrifying events. Mr Parker’s Creature is chilling and terrifying as “It” learns how to hate, humiliate and most frightening of all, to lie. He makes an agreement with Frankenstein that if he will provide him with a female partner he will not create revenge on humans .
The ensemble cast are all excellent in their numerous roles but none more splendid than Patrick Clements as Victor Frankenstein who becomes increasingly appalled by his creation. Rosie Williams (Elizabeth) is concomitantly bewildered, terrified and sexual . Her rape and murder in Act 2 is horrifying and brutal, drawing an audible gasp from the audience. The play has many such moments and Kerrin praises his “little band of actors for their bravery and good humour”
The ensemble comprised Tarsha Cameron,Veteran Tom Carney, Brad Martin, Dylan O’Donnell and first time Arts Theatre performer ,Charlie Zorkovik
This is a superb production of a tough demanding, Gothic classic, deserving more audience members than attended on opening night.