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Location: Nambour Civic Centre,
Ensemble Theatre is thrilled that our Australian Premiere production of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel FRANKENSTEIN, in a brand new spine-tingling version by British playwright Nick Dear.
This astonishing adaption was a smash hit sellout success for the National Theatre in London when it was first presented there in 2011. There have been close to 100 film and theatrical adaptions of Frankenstein since Mary Shelley’s novel was published anonymously back in 1818 and so the story is very well known.
Director Mark Kilmurry is so excited to be working on this extraordinary production, and he plans to stage it thus:
“A troupe of actors arrive to put on a play of Frankenstein. These actors dance, juggle, act, tumble. They set the bare stage: a scenic design capturing the gothic darkness of Mary Shelley’s novel; flaming torches light the back walls; actors exit and enter the acting circle, while other actors watch their scenes; make up is applied; blood, dirt; a cello player, half human, half creature plays stirring music; the creature comes to life in a burst of light and steam; the images of anatomy flash on back walls; heartbeats pound in the darkness… another flash of light … the creature tries to speak! And the play begins…
Ensemble Theatre has a reputation and of touring productions of the highest standard in theatrical presentation. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE won the 2011 Drover Award for Best Touring Production and SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS won the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production. We are so excited to be bringing to your venue, this evocative, epic, classic, gothic, horror story that is sure to enthrall audiences right around the country.
Director Mark Kilmurry has assembled a fabulous young cast including Lee Jones as The Creature, Katie Fitchett as Victor Frankenstein’s fiancé Elizabeth and the Female Creature, Andrew Henry as the creature’s creator, Dr Victor Frankenstein, Brian Meegan as Victor’s father, Monsieur Frankenstein, Michael Ross as a blind man De Lacey plus Olivia Stambouliah and Michael Rebetzke as various other townspeople including prostitutes, beggars, peasants, servants and policemen.
The story is thrilling, moving, scary and beautiful – a man born as an adult has to survive on his wits, learning fast. This is a rollercoaster ride, fast, furious, haunting and entertaining… a Frankenstein with a mission.
The Creature is cast out by his creator, the young doctor Frankenstein, and unleashed upon the world. He is shunned for his grotesque appearance and spurned by society wherever he goes. When a blind man takes Frankenstein’s monstrous creation under his wing and educates him, the Creature begins to question his existence and to yearn for a future without loneliness. His search for a lifelong partner brings him back to his maker, with vengeance foremost in his mind.
The play will feature original music by award winning Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin written for solo cello played live during the show, by Heather Stratford. The production will play at the Sydney Opera House from March 27 then play at Ensemble Theatre from April 17 through to May 4 then tour nationally for three months starting in Canberra from May 7 then touring to various venues through Victoria, Tasmania, Qld and NSW finishing up in Wollongong on Aug 10.
Nambour Civic Centre, Nambour
7.30pm Tuesday 16th of July - 11.am Wednesday 17th of July 2013
Tickets: Adults $39 / Senior & Pensioner $35 / Under 26 years old $25 / Schools $15
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