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Frankenstein At Harrogate Theatre
Richard Trinder, Editor
A fast-paced, creative and stirring rendition of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is to be found at Harrogate Theatre at the moment.

With high class puppeteering - much like Warhorse - Frankenstein's monster is brought vividly to life by one, two and sometimes three members of the cast steering him towards his evil intentions.

Also by Richard Trinder...
Matilda - Naughty, But Nice
The Rite Of Spring And Gianni Schicci. Held Together By Voodoo
Katya Kabanova. Passion, Tragedy & Madness
Opera North's Magic Flute
Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War
Frankenstein is a very large book and a dense read. It's perhaps not surprising that Blackeyed Theatre's interpretation is fast paced - with techniques seemingly borrowed from one of the Reduced Shakespeare plays.

With live music and an unrelenting pace, the cast do a fine job of evoking the Gothic horror of Shelly's writing. And the complete absence of any single character in the whole play who is worth one's emotional support is mitigated by a fantastic looking monster.

Yvonne Stone's monster was indeed the star of the show for me. Its movements were smooth, flowing and natural (in as much as any monster constructed from a kit of parts extracted from dead people can be considered natural).





The monster was superbly voiced by several members of the cast and, despite the fabulous puppetry, I couldn't help thinking that this would make a marvellous radio play.

It's a great ensemble piece; very creative and it successfully manages to pack in a ridiculous amount of action in a couple of hours.

Frankenstein At Harrogate Theatre, 4th February 2017, 19:11 PM