11th May 2017 -
20th May 2017
The MUST Space
Ground Floor West, Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk Monash University, Clayton
Monash Uni Student Theatre presents
By Genevieve Atkins
After Mary Shelley
Direction by Helena Dixon
Assistant Direction by Alice Stewart
“I hate beauty. It is hard to hate a thing I see everywhere”
Geneva was a quiet little town, with a lake so calm and still you could just drown in it. It’s not quiet anymore; there has been a series of grisly unsolved murders.
Only Frankenstein knows the truth. This truth has left her isolated – she has had to distance herself from anyone who ever cared about her. She waits, preparing herself, only she can put things right.
MUST’s Frankenstein xx is a somewhat contemporary retelling of Shelley’s Gothic classic – with a feminist twist and just a touch of black comedy.
Director Helena Dixon approached emerging playwright Genevieve Atkins to adapt Shelley’s work for performance; “It’s one of my favourite novels – I probably read it at a fairly inappropriate age – and we’re so excited to put it in a form that we love, and present it in new way”.
Mary Shelley is an inspiration for both: “Her ideas were so ahead of their time. She wrote the novel, recognized as the first ever science fiction story, at just 19, in response to a challenge set down by Lord Byron to a group of friends on holiday.”
Atkins is fascinated by the duality of the piece. The epic and the intimate are mirrored and contrasted – monster and creator, ambition and morality. “Frankenstein is so caught up in what she can do, that she doesn’t think about what she should do. The monster thinks about what he should do and ruminates on the nature of goodness, but decides against it.”
Monash Uni Student Theatre continues to make strong, courageous and complex work. Frankenstein xx bursts onto the stage with the energy and vitality of a young, passionate team committed to taking risks and creating bold theatre.
Thu, 11 May, 7.30pm
Fri, 12 May, 7.30pm
Sat, 13 May, 7.30pm
Tue, 16 May, 7.30pm
Wed, 17 May, 7.30pm
Thu, 18 May, 7.30pm
Fri, 19 May, 7.30pm
Sat, 20 May, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Post show Q & A with Creatives Tues 16 May
Bookings online and via MSA Reception and Shop
Content Warning: Mature themes including violence, sexual violence and gore.
Enquiries via MUST: 9905 8173