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Sedos brings Frankenstein to the Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting a new production of Frankenstein, by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, at the Bridewell Theatre – from October 17 to October 21, 2017 (six performances only).

Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie.

Nick Dear’s adaptation is a compassionate retelling of the original story, which looks at the process in which a new life learns what it is to be human, moving from innocence to knowledge and from gratitude to violent revenge. It’s a visceral show that allows the audience to see the story through the eyes of the Creature, leaving the question, just who is the monster?

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic Gothic tale.

The production is directed by Matt Gould (London Road, Noises Off, Into the Woods) who said:

“I have always been fascinated by the Frankenstein story – how someone can ‘create’ life, but then struggle with the enormity of what they have done and ultimately fail to love the life that has been created. The story asks us the most basic of all questions: What is a parent’s duty to a child? Can the wrongs of a child be attributed to the poor behaviour of the parent? Where do ‘responsibility’ and ‘moral judgment’ actually come from? And of course the most fundamental questions of all — is there a god; what is a god?”

Sound and video designs are by Adrian Jeakins (London Road, Cynthia Erivo: Hey, it’s been some time, Anthony Rapp Live in Concert), and set designs are by award-winning designer Steven King, who has won two NODA awards for his work on Noises Off and Into the Woods.

Joining the team are lighting designer Martin Walton, prosthetics and make-up artist Alice Batten-Jacobs, and fight co-ordinator Dan Styles.

Frankenstein was first presented at the National Theatre, London, in 2011, directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle.

Tickets: £11.50 – £18.50. To book, visit sedos.co.uk/.

Times: Evenings at 7.45pm, Saturday matinee at 2.45pm.

Gala night: Friday, October 20. £13.50 – £18.50. Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a late bar.

NB: Frankenstein contains adult themes and scenes of a sexual and violent nature.