Forkbeard Frankenstein Hits Bristol & LondonDate: 9 October 2001
Forkbeard Fantasy will present their Frankenstein - A Truly Monstrous Experiment at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre for a limited run from 7 to 24 November 2001. The production, which opened this week at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre (where it continues to 27 October), is a surreal take on Mary Shelley's gothic story and features cinematic animation and mechanical sets.
The Forkbeard interpretation involves a literary researcher, David G Scrivener, who undertakes a fact-finding mission in the Alps. He follows the route taken by the Shelleys towards Byron's villa, and stumbles on a forgotten town where Victor Frankenstein lived. Scrivener plans to fly home with a secret cask, but the local hotelier has other plans for him.
Forkbeard Fantasy was founded by Chris Britton, Tim Britton and Penny Saunders in 1974. Combining comic theatre with film work, they have toured extensively around the UK and Europe, alongside jaunts to South America and Canada. Their hallmark use of visual trickery and cartoons has been greeted with wide acclaim.
Frankenstein is conceived, written and performed by the Forkbeard team, with design from Saunders and direction from Andy Hay - formerly Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic. Robin Thorburn provides the lighting and cinematography designs.
- by Gareth Thompson