16 Sep 2018

Aurora Orchestra: Smoke and Mirrors

By |2018-09-10T11:59:55-04:00September 16, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Awaken the spirits of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in a theatrical concert of ghost stories and orchestral music. In our next Orchestral Theatre production, we explore these two evocative 19th-century masterpieces that continue to haunt us today.

‘Perhaps a corpse would be re-animated?’ – Mary Shelley

The first half of the production transports us to 1816, the so-called ‘year without a summer’, in which Shelley conjured the monster that would take hold of the world’s collective imagination. HK Gruber’s zany, hilarious, and mesmerising Frankenstein!! gives a unique perspective on this great literary icon, leading us through an unsettling collection of surreal stories with a range of curious instruments, from swanee whistles to paper bags to a toy merry-go-round.

‘This work evokes terror, fright, horror and pain, and awakens endless longing’ – E.T.A. Hoffman, review of Beethoven’s Fifth

Opening with perhaps the most recognisable four notes in classical music (interpreted by some as fate knocking on the door), Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony stirred extreme emotions in audiences during its day, with accounts of listeners shouting and trembling in their seats. As the myth around Beethoven grew following his death, it was this symphony, above all others, that represented the supernatural power of his music. We perform this epoch-making work afresh entirely from memory, and invite you to come and experience why it’s still groundbreaking, expressive, and relevant 200 years later.

This production involves haze, lighting, blackouts, and loud sound effects, and is appropriate for children aged 8 and above.

HK Gruber Frankenstein!!
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor (from memory)

Marcus Farnsworth chansonnier
Nicholas Collon conductor

Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre

12 May 2018

Royal College of Music presents Frankenstein – The Modern Prometheus

By |2018-03-27T12:27:02-04:00May 12, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Bill Bankes-Jones director
Natalie Murray Beale conductor
Sarah Booth designer

Amira: Joe Kiely (music and words)
Our Perfect Child: Sophie Sparkes (music), Deborah Sparkes (words)
John Henry: Maeve McCarthy (music), Gary Matthewman (words)
Bear and Friends: Lente Verhelst (music), Lena Vercauteren (words)
The Fermi Paradox: Lara Poe (music), Raphael Ruiz (words)

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a series of five brand-new operas created by RCM composers and performed by RCM singers. Based on the themes of monstrosity and scientific idealism, marking 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s iconic gothic novel Frankenstein, each opera packs a punch in just 15 minutes.

Produced by the Royal College of Music in association with Tête à Tête.

ONLINE: watch the show live on Sunday 13 May at www.rcm.ac.uk/live

20 Apr 2018

FRANKENSTEIN – staged reading of a new musical

By |2018-03-29T11:31:14-04:00April 20, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Slippery Rock University’s Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is thrilled to present a staged musical reading of Eric B. Sirota’s sweeping, new smash Off-Broadway hit, FRANKENSTEIN.  Based on the Mary Shelley’s novel—and just in time for the 200th celebration of her classic story— Sirota’s, FRANKENSTEIN, explores the human need for love and companionship. Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end man’s mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, he grants none to his creation.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Departments of English and Theatre of Slippery Rock University.
FRANKENSTEIN is currently running in NYC, Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre.