Students score a monster hit show

Henry Fanshawe School's production of Frankenstein. Eddie Butterield as Clerval; Matt Carroll as the Monster; Annabel Biggin as Elizabeth and Gabriel Thornton as Captain Walton.

Henry Fanshawe School's production of Frankenstein. Eddie Butterield as Clerval; Matt Carroll as the Monster; Annabel Biggin as Elizabeth and Gabriel Thornton as Captain Walton.

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Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School decided not to go along with more traditional dramatic entertainment this Christmas but opted for a chilling re-telling of the gothic tale of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’.

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School decided not to go along with more traditional dramatic entertainment this Christmas but opted for a chilling re-telling of the gothic tale of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’.

This interpretation, directed by Jon Parker, tells Frankenstein’s tragic tale through a series of recollections and dreams, portrayed through a variety of theatrical styles involving both naturalistic and non naturalistic scenes.

Josh Welch excelled at portraying the terrible agonies of the central character of Dr Frankenstein, the creator of the monster whilst Matt Carroll’s depiction of the creature itself showed the pain and emotion of a cruelly rejected figure.

Great support was offered by Annabel Biggin and Eddie Butterfield who communicated a convincing sense of fear and horror through their depictions of Elizabeth, Frankenstein’s fiance and Clerval his best friend.

The story was atmospherically narrated by Gabriel Thornton through the role of Captain Walton, a ship’s captain who rescues Frankenstein from the icy seas.

Credit must also be given to a superb chorus of actors who illustrated the story through a series of flashback scenes. The atmosphere was further enhanced by excellent sound and lighting effects led by Ed Bancroft and Dominic Murphy

‘Frankenstein’ is not really a story about a monster, it is a story about the ‘monstrous’ things that people are capable of through fear and misunderstanding.

Is your school staging a show? Call Gay Bolton on 01246 504529 or email: gay.bolton@derbyshiretimes.co.uk