FRANKENSTEIN – Adelaide Repertory Theatre

FRANKENSTEIN – Adelaide Repertory Theatre

Nick Dear’s adaptation of MaryShelley’s novel Frankenstein, is a grotesque  story  terrifying us from the very opening of Kerrin White’s production.


A ghastly, naked  monster , attached to a giant frame falls down bleeding  profusely, pulling tubes from his body howling and ululating. 

And so we  greet with horror the Creature,  “created” by his master , scientist Victor Frankenstein.

Kerrin White’s  production on a  spare, minimalistic set using rear – projected images, lighting and sound effects and deploying  eight  actors to play some twenty five roles, is stunning .

The  performance of the Creature  played magnificently by Steve Parker, is vital to the ensuing horrifying events. Mr Parker’s Creature is chilling and  terrifying as “It” learns how to hate, humiliate and  most frightening of all, to lie. He makes an agreement with Frankenstein that if he will provide him with a female partner he will not  create revenge on humans .

The ensemble cast are all excellent in their numerous roles but none  more splendid than Patrick Clements as Victor Frankenstein who  becomes increasingly appalled by his creation.  Rosie Williams (Elizabeth) is  concomitantly bewildered, terrified and   sexual . Her  rape and murder in Act 2 is horrifying and brutal, drawing an audible gasp  from the audience. The play has many such  moments and Kerrin  praises his “little band of actors for their bravery and good humour”

The ensemble comprised Tarsha Cameron,Veteran Tom Carney, Brad Martin, Dylan O’Donnell and  first time Arts Theatre performer ,Charlie Zorkovik

This is a superb production of a tough demanding, Gothic  classic, deserving more audience members than attended on opening night.





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