Review: Frankenstein NYT REP Season

At the Southwark Playhouse this fun production of the old story of Frankenstein has a modern twist by exploring the idea of artificial intelligence as the monster, who defies its creator. And to gender switch the scientists and the monster to women and adopt a totally female centric position might look like a gimmick and a concession to our times, but it actually feels completely natural writes our reviewer Bee.

A clever set design and virtual reality glasses use the story and the space in a brilliant way and have the play not only talk about these ideas, but experience them as well.

Reviewer Bee watched a matinee performance with two school classes present and the youngsters were all in and totally engrossed.

The wonderful ensemble of the National Youth Theatre is of a quality that you might not expect when you hear Youth Theatre.

But to be honest – they act rings around other companies I have seen on stage! The leads Ella Dacres as Frankenstein and Sarah Lusak as the monster are stars in the making, but all the other actors like Natalie Dunne and Tiwalade Ibirogba-Olulode are equally brilliant. With director Emily Gray to guide them, there is a bright future ahead! 

Start ’em young should be the battle cry of The National Youth Theatre. It helps youngster to get started in the theatre with their acting or extensive backstage courses. As it is getting increasingly difficult to access the arts, their work is exemplary!

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2019 NYT REP Company: Guy Clark, Ella Dacres, Natalie Dunne, Jordan Ford Silver, Jamie Foulkes, Alice Franziska, Billy Hinchliff, Jadie Rose Hobson, Bede Hodgkinson, Tiwalade Ibirogba-Olulode, Julia Kass Sarah Lusack Jemima Mayala, Joseph Payne, Sonny Poon Tip and Raj Singh

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816, during the ‘summer of no light’, a freak climate event caused by large volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and the Philippines. These eruptions caused unseasonal darkness and extreme rainfall, causing deaths and famine across Europe.

It is against this tumultuous backdrop that the 18-year-old Shelley, while holidaying near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, was challenged by the poet Lord Byron to write a ghost story…