'Frankenstein’ Review

No ratings yet. Log in to rate.

Rona Munros adaptation of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein has just arrived in Aberdeen and will be on stage at His Majesty Theatre until Saturday 8 February. Thrilling and terrifying like the classic horror novel, it is also a modern and empowering take for many young women. 

The show pays homage to the classic story presenting everything that made the story famousthe themes, the gloomy atmosphere, Dr. Frankenstein, his monster and even a few jump scares. 

Yet, Mary Shelle(Eilidh Loan) is the heart of the show. She is a talented young woman who arguably invented both the horror genre in one fell swoop. She is tormented, frustrated, ambitious, sassy and much moreShe not only writes a groundbreaking piece of literature but also makes peace with her own monsters. By the end, she truly knows her power. Loans character is a constant presence on stage as she directs the other characters, creates them, and, empathises with them. Her performance is striking and simply powerful! 

The supporting cast, including Ben Castle Gibb (Dr. Frankenstein) and Michael Moreland (the monster), match Loans energy and bring the entire show to life! Their portrayals of pain and human desires are brilliant and make for very sympathetic versions of their characters.  

All actors use the set particularly well, especially as they climb up and down tree-like stairs to pass from one story to another. The stage is cleverly organised and serves both outdoor and indoor scenes. The overall pallor of balconies, windows, and trees gives the audience a glimpse of the chilling atmosphere typical of all horrors. 

Simon Slaters music and Grant Andersons lighting also play an important role in bringing life to scenes, with thunderstorms and effective colours. 

Yet, this adaptation of 'Frankenstein' is never overly scary and does not distract from the big themes of time, death, love and prejudice. There are more than a few sarcastic comments towards ambitious men in the show but it also portrays an ambitious woman.  

The 200-year-old story has been interpreted in many ways and Mary Shelleys figure has been approached before. Still, Rona Munros unique adaptation manages to appeal to both admirers of the classic piece of literature and to 21st-century women. 

Comments

No comments have been made. Please log in to comment.
 

Latest News

Student Elections 2021: The Results

Tune in to find out the results of this year's Student Elections

 
Student Elections 2021: Question Time

Click here to watch the Question Time live stream

 
Student Elections 2021: Candidate Announcement

Nominations have closed and we can now announce the candidates for this year's RGU Student Elections

 
 

Top stories from Radar

Prince Philip - The Royal Life He Led
Prince Philip memorial Birmingham

On the 9th of April 2021, the nation was shocked by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99. It has devastated all of his relatives and those who idolised him around the world. This article will be dedicated to Prince Philip and all of the amazing things he had achieved in his long life.

 
Megan and Harry on Oprah: A Royal Roast

“Greater than any fairytale you’ve read”. That’s how Meghan chose to end her and Prince Harry’s ‘no-subject-off-limits’ interview with Oprah. Her husband, “saved all of us”, she said. “We’ve not just survived, but we’re thriving.”

 
Freak Weather: The Extreme Weather Conditions In Texas And The Rest Of The U.S
Snowflake

In February 2021, President Joe Biden visited Texas after a severe winter storm left millions of people without energy.

 
Fabulous Feminist Films
Typewriter with a piece of paper that reads 'FEMALE EMPOWERMENT'

In this article Radar decided to take a look at some fabulous feminist films. From musicals to documentaries, there is something for everyone to enjoy.