AUB is marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with a season of plays to celebrate its author Mary Shelley
Part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival, the plays will help to celebrate the author who is buried in St Peter’s Church, in Bournemouth.
And, to add even more poignancy to the series, the shows will take place in the Shelley Theatre, a venue built for Mary by her son Sir Percy Florence Shelley.
One of those productions is called Blood and Ice, a play by Liz Lockhead that will be directed by Luke Kernaghan.
This tells the story of Frankenstein’s creation and weaves a web of connections between Mary Shelley’s own tragic life and that of her literary monster.
It focuses on the summer of 1816, when eighteen-year-old Mary and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley are joined at a house party on the shores of Lake Geneva by Mary’s half-sister Claire and the infamous Lord Byron.
They take part in a challenge to see who can write the most horrifying story.
Little do they know that Mary’s contribution is to become one of the most celebrated novels of all time, nor how her life, already burdened with the death of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, is to be so full of tragedy.
This play will feature third year BA (Hons) Acting students and Course Leader Katharine Piercey said it was important to mark Frankenstein’s anniversary.
She said: “It’s 200 years since Frankenstein was written and because Bournemouth has such strong links to Mary Shelley it felt like we needed to mark this milestone.
“Not only that, we have the Shelley Theatre that was built by her son for her and so it seemed appropriate to put three of our four shows on there.
“These shows would normally take place in the Studio Theatre but because of the Shelley Festival we are getting to put on shows in different venues around the town.
“I think it’s going to be a really exciting season of plays and it’s great for our students that they have the chance to collaborate.
“They all appreciate the production values because the sets, costumes and make-up are so fantastic – it’s what makes AUB special.”
Blood and Ice details
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth, BH5 1LX
Friday, November 9: 7.30pm
Saturday, November 10: 2.30pm
Sunday, November 11: 7.30pm
Available from the Shelley Theatre Website or the Box Office and prices are as follows:
£10 – full price, £5 – NUS card holders