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 Freakenstein and it is being created and directed by Senior Lecturer in Acting, Jonny Hoskins and the company.
The play is described as a fun and freaky theatrical experience, drawing on the themes of her famous book, with a contemporary twist.
Physical theatre, Greek tragedy and clowning are thrown into the mix with steampunk science, cyborgs and a look into the future of human identity.
And, according to Jonny, the premise of the show is that Frankenstein’s monster did not die. Instead he went on to make a wife and so the characters in the play are their descendants.
He said: “The students have all chosen characters for themselves and they include robots and cyborgs, but this is a show about humanity, the human heart and identity.
“It is going to be brilliant to be able to perform in the house bought and adapted for Mary Shelley – it gives you goose bumps.
“I’m really excited about the show and think it’s going to be something very special, especially as it’s being written by the company together with me – it’s going to have a strong impact on a young audience.
“It will be a mix of funny, sad, scary and surprising.”
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth, BH5 1LX
Thursday, November 15: 7.30pm
Friday, November 16: 7.30pm
Saturday, November 17: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Available from the Shelley Theatre website or the Box Office and prices are as follows:
£10 – full price, £5 – NUS card holders