Renowned poet and dramatist Liz Lochhead tells the story of Frankenstein’s creation.
Summer 1816. A house party on the shores of Lake Geneva. Eighteen-year-old Mary and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with Mary’s half-sister Claire and the infamous Lord Byron, take part in a challenge to see who can write the most horrifying story. Mary’s contribution is to become one of the most celebrated Gothic novels of all time.
Using flashbacks and the rich poetic language for which she has become admired, Lochhead weaves a spider’s web of connections between Mary’s own tragic life and that of her literary monster.
As Lochhead writes in the Introduction to this revised version of the play, the myth created by Mary Shelley ‘remains potent for our nuclear age, our age of astonishment and unease at the fruits of perhaps-beyond-the-boundaries genetic experimentation’.