Chill­ing per­for­mances for col­lege’s new sea­son

Loughborough Echo - - LEISURE -

STU­DENTS at Lough­bor­ough Col­lege have launched their theatre sea­son with a se­ries of chill­ing per­for­mances in­spired by Franken­stein – two hun­dred years af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of the clas­sic tale

Mary Shel­ley be­gan writ­ing the fa­mous story of a ‘mon­ster’ cre­ated in an un­ortho­dox ex­per­i­ment by sci­en­tist Vic­tor Franken­stein when she was only 18, a sim­i­lar age to the stu­dents bring­ing their in­ter­pre­ta­tion to the stage with Franken­stein Or The Myth Of The Mod­ern Prometheus.

“That was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to our stu­dents, and par­tic­u­larly to the young women in the cast, with each group ap­proach­ing the story in a very dif­fer­ent way,” said per­form­ing arts tu­tor Emma Led­sam.

“The gothic story re­ally grabbed our stu­dents’ imag­i­na­tion and they had great fun, tak­ing on ev­ery­thing from de­vis­ing their scripts to de­cid­ing on cos­tume and props to de­sign­ing light­ing and sound.

“Our first years took over the first half of the per­for­mance to re-tell the tra­di­tional story. They be­gan at the North Pole be­fore flashing back, with many of them form­ing a phys­i­cal back­ground as the ma­chin­ery in the lab. This also re­flected the body parts which fea­ture so heav­ily in the story.

“The sec­ond year stu­dents pre­sented three ideas for their half of the per­for­mance. One group were in­spired by recent sto­ries around cos­metic surgery

and looked at the story’s key theme of re­jec­tion of out­ward ap­pear­ance through that. An­other ex­plored that theme with a story of ro­bots with hu­man per­son­al­i­ties and had the ro­bots turn on their cre­ator. The fi­nal group looked at the idea of down­load­ing con­scious­ness into a ma­chine to cre­ate eter­nal life.

“The whole cast re­ally nailed their per­for­mances and it was also tech­ni­cally bril­liant. The au­di­ence ab­so­lutely loved it and the stu­dents were so pleased to get that feed­back. It re­ally was a great way to launch the year.”

Lough­bor­ough Col­lege stu­dents have launched their theatre sea­son with a se­ries of chill­ing per­for­mances in­spired by Franken­stein.

Per­form­ers in ac­tion.

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