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 have been celebrating the author who is buried in St Peter’s Church in Bournemouth.
They were all collaborations between BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance, and they took place in the Shelley Theatre, a venue built for Mary by her son Sir Percy Florence Shelley.
The next instalment in the series is brand new play Ctrl C which will be performed at St Peter’s Church and features another AUB collaboration as it has been written with students from BA (Hons) Creative Writing.
Students from the course joined director Tamsin Fessey and the cast for a week of research and development at the beginning of the process which included a day’s workshop with award-winning playwright Nell Leyshon.
Following this, the Creative Writing students wrote a script which the Ctrl C company have since been developing through rehearsals.
The play focuses on a modern day writer Clara, who has been commissioned to develop her science fiction novel, based on the Frankenstein story.
Ctrl C charts her growing obsession with the project which sees her return to her home town of Bournemouth, a confrontation with her past and the uncovering of a buried secret that threatens to shatter her relationship with her partner, Will.
Further echoes of the past are represented by the characters of Mary and Percy Shelley who intersperse Clara’s narrative as parallel timelines threaten to collide.
Meanwhile, in a futuristic lab, a sinister operation is afoot, with the potential to spiral out of control, a theme that is explored throughout this exciting new collaborative work.
This theatrical experience will transform St Peter’s church, the resting place of Mary and Shelley and her family, as it tells this fascinating story with significant moments from her life.
Thursday, December 6: 7.30pm
Friday, December 7: 7.30pm
Saturday, December 8: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from the AUB Box Office.
Age Suitability 12+