‘Frankenstein’

SATURDAY 8th MARCH (OPEN)

The Newpoint Players

present

“Frankenstein”

A new adaptation by Sean Treanor

Frankenstein

SYNOPSIS

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s “Frankenstein” or “The Modern Prometheus” is a story of the Age of Enlightenment. It may be seen in many different lights. It may be the sory of a man’s ambition to ‘pluck the apple’ of knowledge in order to become the Creator of life. It may be seen as a tragic tale of ‘vaulting ambition, which o’er leaps itself’. It may also be seen as a tale of man’s irrepressible thirst for a command over Nature. It is a tale of the revolt acceptance of the human condition. The Creature may be interpreted as being abondoned by his Creator and thus a parallel to the human being being lost in a hostile, godless world. The story has even been given political interpretations. However one cares to see the piece, it is operatic and universal in its ambitions. Sadly, the story is too frequently reduced to caricature. “A” Level and university students, now studying the text, are finding the filmed versions of the story particularly simplified. In this version, developed with the patient cooperation of the cast, and with live music and choral work by the actors, we have tried to create a text and performance which might allow some sense of the universal scope of the original and might also allow us to sense the personal joys, the tragedy, the need for love and understanding and fulfilment experienced by those who walk the stage of life.

CAST
NARRATOR Paul McParland
CREATURE Turlogh Trainor
HENRY CLERVAL Paddy McGinnity
ELIZABETH CLERVAL Zoe Slevin
JUSTINE ORITZ Catherine McLoughlin
ERNEST Neil Heaney
WILLIAM Ciaran McCormack
OLD MICHAEL Donal O’Hanlon
GERTRUDE Maeve Bell
LEONARD James Galloghly
GERHARDT Aedham Campbell
BERTRAND Connall Mulholland
MOTHER OF GERHARDT Sinead Reilly/Deaval O’Reilly
MAYOR OF BELRIVE Jim Mc Guigan
FRIENDS/ATTENDANTS Anna-Rose Heatley
Sarah Smyth
Dearbhail Carr
Orlagh Mullholland
Laura Kearney
VILLAGERS/FRIENDS OF VICTOR Gerry Mullholland
Leo Hayes
Tom Carville
Tom McGeown
Stephen McCourt
Chris Casey
Mark Hughes
Damian Heaney
Michael Murphy
Declan McDaid
CHORUS Entire Cast
SOLOIST Maeve Bell

CREW:
Director: Sean Treanor
Choral Director: Mary McManus
Composer Arranger: John Coyle
Performance underscore: John Coyle
Rehearsal Pianist: Elizabeth Freeburn
Lights/Sound: Dylan Connolly
Costumes: Costume Corner*
Design: Russell Kane / Anna Rose Heatley
Make-up: Laura Kearney
Backstage: Tom McGeown, Leo Hayes, Tom Carville (Transport/Construction).
*We are especially grateful to Costume Corner, Newry for their generous support and advice.

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