New adaptation of Shelley’s classic

Angus and Ross Theatre Company production of Fankenstein Live - Theatre Royal, York, March 30, 2011'Frankenstein - Emanuel Brierley; The Creature - Dominic Goodwin
Angus and Ross Theatre Company production of Fankenstein Live - Theatre Royal, York, March 30, 2011'Frankenstein - Emanuel Brierley; The Creature - Dominic Goodwin
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A NEW adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror story can be seen in Filey this week.

Frankenstein Live has been written by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Needham, whose numerous TV credits include The Bill, Silent Witness, Dalziel and Pascoe, EastEnders and Cold Blood.

This adaptation has been created for two actors, Emanuel Brierley and Dominic Goodwin of Angus & Ross Theatre, last seen in Filey in The Mystery of Irma Vep in 2009.

The show is directed by Em Whitfield Brooks, who lives locally and is part of the Opera North team in Bridlington. She is also working on a project with the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s outreach department.

“I’m really hoping lots of the people that have seen our other shows on previous visits to Filey will come and see this one. It will be something a bit different”.

This gripping thriller is touring the UK for 50 dates from March to June.

It purports to tell the real story of Shelley’s work, exploring issues of the power and accountability of science, parental responsibility and questions of truth and beauty.

Is a monster born or made? Where does our responsibility really lie?

The new adaptation explores the extraordinary attachment between Dr Frankenstein and his creation; a bond, they both grow to realise, that only death can break.

Angus & Ross Theatre has been funded by the Arts Council to work in partnership with the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, where the troupe rehearsed the show and began the tour.

The intrepid company is known for its rural touring schedules and the physicality and variety of its work.

The Stage said: “This is a well-crafted production, born of intelligent, measured acting and a collective artistic belief”.

The Northern Echo added: “This first-class two-hander is home grown, organic, brave and unmissable”.

Frankenstein Live can be seen at the Evron Centre on Friday, at 7.30pm.