Communication students showcase theatre production of Frankenstein

15 SEPTEMBER 2022

Communication students showcase theatre production of Frankenstein

A reimagined student theatre production of nineteenth century novelist Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will play at the Ponton Theatre at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst starting on Wednesday 28 September.

  • A reimagined student theatre production of Mary Shelley’s story of Frankenstein will have five performances at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst from Wednesday 28 September until Saturday 1 October

A reimagined student theatre production of nineteenth century novelist Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will play at the Ponton Theatre at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst starting on Wednesday 28 September.

The final-year theatre media/communication students in the Charles Sturt School of Information and Communication Studies have adapted and recontextualised for a modern audience Mary Shelley’s tale of scientist Victor Frankenstein and his invented ‘creature’.

The production is set in post-WWI Australia and grounds the timeless text in a familiar space and touches on poignant issues in both the 1930s and the world in 2022.

This is the first third-year student production at Bathurst campus since COVID-19 disrupted the theatre, and it is also one of the largest cast productions for the University’s on-campus theatre.

Theatre media students have crafted this theatre production to showcase their skills to potential employers in the Australian theatre industry. They are grateful to be able to do this since COVID-19 halted theatre, and for most cast members, this is their first time involved in a production since then.

Frankenstein is a recognisable story, is on the Australian HSC curriculum and will attract an audience wishing to see a new twist on a classic tale.

Director of the Frankenstein production, final-year theatre media student Ms Leila Broughton, said the story of Frankenstein, while not new to the Australian stage, is not a frequent visitor, which makes the specific telling fresh and unique to Australian audiences.

“Its themes play with the creation of life in relation to mortality, the ethics of science and the hubris of mankind,” Ms Broughton said.

“Our objective is to relate these themes in a new way, by connecting them to relevant instances, such as ongoing climate catastrophes, the recent 2022 US Supreme Court overturning of the landmark 1973 Roe vs Wade case, and the ongoing efforts to create ‘sentient’ artificial intelligence.

“Set in Tasmania in the 1930s, our adaptation of Frankenstein will touch on poignant issues in both the 30s and our world in 2022.

“The original novel was made famous through its gothic tone and themes, which we’ve chosen to expand upon by romanticising the ‘Australian Gothic’.

“Using imagery of Australian landscapes, Frankenstein will be unique, beautiful, and resonate with audiences.”

There will be five performances of Frankenstein at the Ponton Theatre at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst starting at 7pm on Wednesday 28 September.

Other performance dates and times are Thursday 29 September at 7pm, Friday 30 September at 7pm, and Saturday 1 October at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets will be available to purchase at the door and available online at TryBooking. General Admission tickets are $15 and Student Admission tickets are $10. There is an additional 50 cents surcharge on each ticket when purchased online.

Extra information about the production, updates, and information on ticketing will be posted on Frankenstein Production, the event Facebook page.

The main cast includes Richie King as Frankenstein; Crow Gabriel as The Creature; Charlie Kellaway as Fritz; Tristan Gale as Henry Clerval; Myah Whalmsey as Elizabeth; and Kiara Bennett as Agatha.


Media Note:

To arrange interviews with the cast and production team of Frankenstein contact student production publicist Ms Marisa Barbagallo on 0428 714 122 or marisa.barbagallo99@gmail.com or contact Bruce Andrews at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0418 669 362 or news@csu.edu.au 

Image: a scene from the Charles Sturt University third-year theatre media/communication students' stage production of Frankenstein.

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