An atmospheric, darkly comic exploration of fear. Music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion combined with a contemporary cinematic score in the story of Mary Shelley.
1816 – the year without a summer.
On yet another sun-less day at their villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to ‘each write a ghost story’. Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.
Over 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein The Occasion is delighted to present a new production drawing inspiration from Mary Shelley’s extraordinary life.
Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster and Mary Shelley is a celebration of one of literature’s most influential talents and an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.
The Occasion is a Glasgow based performance company dedicated to producing dynamic and exciting original theatre and innovative community projects. Founded in 2010 by Peter Clerke and Catherine Gillard, previously the Co-Artistic Directors of bench tours.
★★★★ The Herald
'Catherine Gillard delivers a tour de force performance as Mary…highly recommended.' ★★★★ The Reviews Hub
Age 12+. The performance contains strobe, haze, occasional loud noises and some swearing.
Written by Stewart Ennis
Directed by Peter Clerke
Performed by Catherine Gillard