Terrifying screams and unnatural sounds will be heard next week as Centre Stage Company brings its latest offering to the arts centre.
The amateur thespians are bringing a gothic horror classic to life in the town as they perform ‘Frankenstein 1930’, a Fred Carmichael’s play version of the classic tale by.
Mary Shelley’s timeless story of the unhinged scientist who creates a monster was adapted into the 1930 horror film, starring Boris Karloff, and it is an adaptation of this version which Centre Stage has chosen.
Iconic moments including the gigantic electrical storm which Victor Frankenstein channels into the Creature to make it come alive, the scientist’s grisly assistant, his hapless fiancée, the terrified villagers and the innocent little child the Creature meets when he escapes are all in the performance.
Centre Stage’s regular performers feature alongside some newcomers.
Joe Craig, last seen as the spaceship captain in ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, plays Victor Frankenstein, with Steve Powter as the Creature, Billie Allen as Frankenstein’s fiancée Elizabeth and James Malone as his weird assistant Gorgo.
Three children share the role of Maria, the little girl who encounters the escaped Creature in the woods – Erin Brittain, Bethany Mason and Daisy Robson-Baillie.
Director David Hart said: “The story of Frankenstein is so famous that it’s more common to see a spoof version nowadays than the real thing, so we thought we’d go back to the old idea of just trying to scare people silly.
“This version follows the 1930 film rather than the original book as the current West End production does, which is very different.
“The film was based on a play which had toured the world in the 1920s – always with medical staff on hand to attend to members of the audience who fainted with fright.”
The play runs from Thursday (March 20) to Saturday (March 22), at 7.30pm each evening, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Ticket prices range from £7.50 to £9.50 and are available from the arts centre box office on 01440 707663.
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