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Frankenstein gets a comic makeover from Miracle

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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Mary Shelley's classic horror story of a mad doctor and the monster he creates is being revived for Miracle Theatre's winter tour of the South West.

The Cornish company's adaptation of Frankenstein aims to retain many of the elements of the original – but with an added comic twist.

Famous for their idiosyncratic versions of well-known and well-loved stories, Miracle's repertoire over the past 30 years has included everything from Beauty And The Beast and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame to The Government Inspector, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Time Machine and Cat's Cradle.

Earlier this year the company had a huge hit with its opera and mining show, Tin, starring Cornish singing legend Ben Luxon.

Their latest outing will see the cast and crew travel to no fewer than 35 venues across Cornwall and Devon, as well as taking in Dorset, Wales and the Midlands.

Director and writer Bill Scott has promised the company's many fans that the show will be the "ultimate monster mash-up".

"The original novel is so rich in themes and ideas that it really lends itself to pretty much any kind of interpretation," he said.

Two recent Miracle winter shows – The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin and Aladdin – both employed a "play within a play" device allowing audiences to take a peek backstage into the normally hidden world of travelling players. This time around theatre-goers will see members of the fictitious Ffitch Repertory Players of 1947 as they struggle to create a terrifying vision of the future.

Borrowing as much from Boris Karloff's 1933 movie portrayal as from Shelley's 1818 novel, Miracle's version of Frankenstein follows the fortunes of the crazed scientist as he races against time to construct a creature of epic proportions. Set in a world where the rich and famous have paid huge sums to have their bodies preserved at sub-zero temperatures, in the hope that one day science will be able to reverse the ageing process, it is the monster's task to protect their precious genes.

However, Dr Frankenstein's "cut and paste" creation is a hideous mistake. Feared by its creator and shunned by the world, the monster takes revenge. Featuring Miracle stalwarts Ben Dyson and Ciaran Clarke, along with newcomer Holly Cassidy, the tender, story of unrequited love, confused monsters and science gone mad will include original music by Tom Adams.

"Our adaptation, while looking for laughs, does not shy away from the deeper aspects of the classic tale and will have a bit more bite than your average panto," said Bill Scott. "It's designed for the enjoyment of adults as much as children – though often in different ways."

Frankenstein opens on December 6 at The Tolmen Centre in Constantine and continues through December at The Burrell Theatre in Truro, Epworth Hall in Helston, Acorn in Penzance, Krowji in Redruth, Perranporth Memorial Hall, Parkhouse Centre in Bude and The Poly, Falmouth. After Christmas it visits venues in Cornwall, Devon and beyond. Call 01209 216762 or visit www.miracletheatre.co.uk.

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