The Frankenstein Project
2016-2017 saw the development of our brand-new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as we worked with groups from 10 secondary schools in three areas of the country: Wigan & St Helen’s, Lincolnshire and East Kent. Students were joined in their schools by members of the Company’s creative team in writing and drama workshops before coming together at a local venue to share and develop their ideas. Finally the students involved in the Project formed the audience for the first rehearsed reading of the script in each of the three areas.
“The project far exceeded my expectations: fantastic, with consistently challenging and engaging activities and also inspirational and rewarding. I was very pleased and impressed with how creatively Box Clever accessed the text and very inspired as a teacher to use such methods in the classroom.”
Head of Drama, The Sutton Academy
Workshops: Michael Wicherek, David Ajao, Enrico Aurigemma, Aryana Rankhalawon; Matthew Rutherford; Rob Welling.
Rehearsed reading: Cameron Johnson (actor); Alan Magor (actor); Jessica Dennis (actor)
Wigan and St Helens: The Deanery CE High School and Sixth Form College; St John Fisher Catholic High School; Atherton Community School; Fulston Manor School
Lincolnshire: Haven High Academy; King Edward VI Grammar School; Ambergate Sports College
East Kent: Northfleet School for Girls; Herne Bay High School; Fulston Manor School
Ideally suited for Years 9, 10 or 11
Performance length: 60 minutes
Audience number: approximately 150
Venue: ideally school hall with the audience on three sides
Three actors bring the dynamics between the Doctor, his Creature and their creator vividly to the stage as Frankenstein’s obsessive and unregulated passion for science and the power it holds unleashes horror upon him and all those whom he loves. Michael Wicherek’s adaptation of a story written over two hundred years ago by a girl barely out of her teens challenges the audience to join Frankenstein on his journey from passion to a pain both caused and shared by the life he created and to consider afresh the place of science in the 21st century.
Adapted by Michael Wicherek; Directed by Iqbal Khan; Enrico Aurigemma (composer); Florence Hazard (design); Riad Ritchie (actor); Jack Blakey (actor); Jessica Dennis (actor); Pip Thurlow (Production Manager)
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