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Review: Franknstn, Abbey Theatre

Review: Franknstn, Abbey Theatre until September 1

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Louis Lovett in Theatre Lovett's FRNKNSTN by Michael West. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Louis Lovett in Theatre Lovett's FRNKNSTN by Michael West. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Fionn Foley

Fionn Foley

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Louis Lovett in Theatre Lovett's FRNKNSTN by Michael West. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Michael West has written a new version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for Theatre Lovett, corralling the themes of the novel into a 70-minute solo show about a man in the grip of psychosis. 2018 is the two hundredth anniversary of the book's first publication, and the two centuries since then have seen countless re-tellings of the story on stage and screen; we all have a version of the monster in our head.

West's contemporary spin is that Doctor Frankenstein, a former teenage prodigy with a PhD in Molecular Genetics, has created a clone of himself in order to study and cure a genetic condition which killed his beloved mother. Once created, this clone disgusts him and he turns his back on it. The clone-creature then goes on a killing rampage, and the police find Frankenstein's genetic fingerprints at the scenes of the crimes. Hence, he is incarcerated, and attempts to convince the audience of his innocence.


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