An outlandish trip through the mind of one of literature’s most influential imaginations.
“It was on a dreary night in November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils”
- Victor Frankenstein
June 1816 – the ‘Year without a summer’: On yet another sun-less day at their holiday villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to ‘each write a ghost story’. Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.
‘So this is why you created me? Not to scare your readers. Not to scare yourself. But to scare away the things that really frightened you? So that you can sleep at night?’
The Monster and Mary Shelley is an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of ‘fear’. Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster… explores the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.
Written by Stewart Ennis, Directed by Peter Clerke, Performed by Catherine Gillard, Set Design by Ali McLaurin, Lighting by Paul Froy, Music by Richard Williams.
Video by Rare Bird Media.