BLOOD AND ICE LIZ LOCHHEAD PDF

Mary Shelley liked the theatre. Attending a tacky vaudeville based upon her novel Frankenstein, her response was typically delight not disdain. She liked spectacle and she liked plot. And so I wonder what she would have made of the poet Liz Lochhead's febrile psychodrama, Blood and Ice, which in a conventional sense lacks both of those qualities, concentrating instead on weaving a spider's web of connections between Mary's own life and the that of her literary monster.

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Cast: 3f 2m. Staging: Flexible staging several suggested locations. Apply for performing rights for this title. Summer 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.

It was again revived, in this published version, at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in October 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'. Nick Hern Books uses cookies on this website.

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Clear Filters. Browse all plays. Imprint: Nick Hern Books. Renowned poet and dramatist Liz Lochhead tells the story of Frankenstein 's creation. Press Quotes 'Thrilling Also by Liz Lochhead:. Similar Titles. Dracula stage version. Acclaimed poet and playwright Liz Lochhead's Dracula stays refreshingly close to Bram Stoker's classic novel Frankenstein stage version. One of the greatest horror stories of all time, in a stage adaptation that sticks closely to Mary Shelley's original Mary Shelley.

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Blood and Ice

Looking forward to a particular play can often be a bad idea - especially for a critic, especially when so much of what's on stage winds up being so disappointing. But the subject matter of Liz Lochhead's Blood and Ice , on stage until 15th November, made it impossible to keep from excited anticipation of seeing the show. The play tells, though the flashbacks of Mary Godwin Shelley Lucianne McEvoy , of events beginning during the summer of , when Mary and her lover Percy Byshe Shelley Phil Matthews , along with Mary's half-sister Claire Susan Coyle and the infamous Lord Byron Alex Hassell , in the midst of a summer at Lake Geneva, take part in a contest to see who can write the most horrifying story. The play then follows the story of the foursome to the death of both Byron and Shelley, and beyond to Mary's struggle in understanding why she wrote the horrifying Frankenstein. The play is a rollercoaster of events and emotions, and what is perhaps most impressive is that McEvoy, on stage during the entire two hour run of the show, manages to sustain an incredible amount of energy and focus throughout. While the other characters run in and out of scenes, Mary is the show's emotional core, and anchors the action as well as driving its progression. Phil Matthews' portrayal of Shelley is nothing short of thrilling.

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Cast: 3f 2m. Staging: Flexible staging several suggested locations. Apply for performing rights for this title. Summer 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.

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