Chilling performances for college’s new season
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.