Show – 8pm
“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?”
June 1816 – the year without a summer. At the age of 18, having recently watched her premature baby die, Mary Shelley has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.
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 and… explores the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.
Workshop – 2-3.30pm
Ahead of their performance of ‘The Monster and Mary Shelley’ at Lyth Arts Centre, The Occasion Theatre Company are offering an exciting drama workshop ‘Bringing the Show to Life’, in conjunction with performances.
The workshop will look at some of the source materials used in making the show, the different playing styles that the company have used to theatricalise them (including
melodrama, clown, bouffon and music hall) and will work towards a brief exploration of ‘fear’.What is it that was so frightening about Frankenstein when Shelley first wrote it; what are the things that frighten us today?
The workshop will provide an enhanced understanding of the texts that form the heart of this production and of the methodology used to bring the material to life. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in drama and performance in Caithness, provided by a renowned theatre company.