by Mary Shelley – adaptation by Valerie Goodwin
Six children, aged between 18 and 9, are on holiday in Geneva in 1917. The action of the play takes place in the attic of the old Frankenstein chateau, over three days in July. Bad weather forces the children indoors; they enter via a trapdoor, explore the attic and talk about why they are here, etc. They discover a trunk with the initials W.F -William Frankenstein, Victor’s younger brother. Inside the trunk they find a locket, a shawl, dolls, etc. Each object tells part of the story that took place 100 years before.
‘ELIZABETH’ from the original production
Wilhelmina, the eldest.
Victoria, slightly younger. Plays Elizabeth in the enactments.
Edward, serious, scholarly. Plays Victor Frankenstein.
Henry, jolly. Plays Victor’s friend Henri.
Sophie, sweetly trusting and exuberant. = Justine, the gypsy girl.
Baby, of either sex, about 9 in appearance = William.
Frau Muller, housekeeper.
Airman, hideously disfigured by the fire when his plane crashed.
Igor } grave robbers
Hoffman, Inspector-General of police
Blind old man
Felix, his son.
Any number of gypsies, 8 who speak, / singers/ dancers/chorus/ wedding and prison chapel guests
Minimum of 10, but ideally @ 30 in the cast
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