Dr. Frankenstein is just finishing a project he has been working on for years now, the creation of a human being. When the ideal conditions are met, on a stormy night, his creature, built from chunks of other bodies, comes to life. The scientist gains conscience of the ugliness of his creation, regrets it and runs off.
The creature, abandoned by its “dad”, faces all alone a society that discriminates it for its looks and hunts it. It hides in a small village, in the house of two sisters, but ends up once again mistreated and on the run.
Some years later, life goes well for Dr. Frankenstein and his fiancé Elizabeth, but family peace is broken during a stormy night by the creature, that has come to question its creator, demanding him to build it a girlfriend, to which he agrees.
Now, in a modern laboratory, we find Dr. Frankenstein with his new scientific partner Tuleva, working on the creation of a new creature using stem cells. The moment finally arrives when the first creature comes to claim its girlfriend, but something goes wrong…
Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra | Coimbra
September 27th, 2013 | 9:30pm and 11:00pm
Age rating | 12+
Running time | 1h30
Tickets | Free entrance
This is the fourth year we collaborate with the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra to create a new play to be presented during the European Researcher’s Night, with the special characteristic of having a cast entirely made up of scientists.
“Mr. de Chimpanzee” (2009), “Flies are Rats that Fly” (2010), “Asn Ala Tyr Lys Lys Gly Glu” (2012) and “E agora, Frankenstein?” (2013) are the plays that constitute the path we have been creating where we reflect about Science, the scientists, and their relation with the work and the surrounding social medium.
In 2013 the theme for the Researcher’s Night is the FUTURE. To address that theme we chose Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” where we encounter the fabulous idea of science creating human life. Today, 200 years after, in the future, the tremendous evolution of our knowledge about the world makes us see that idea as a possibility we may experience in a not so far future. In our adaptation of the text, we departed from Shelley’s story and ended up in the future, our present, imagining what knowledge and which technologies Dr. Frankenstein would use today to breath life into a creature.
So, we follow the evolution of science over the last 200 years, from the technology used by Dr. Frankenstein until this moment when we seem to be on the verge of Shelley’s fabulous idea coming to life.
Our story tackles other subjects besides the scientific and technological ability to create life, like the ethical questions related to such a goal, a strong reflection upon social discrimination, and the statute of women in society. All subjects of the present and the future.
Discussion and Ideas Carlos Gago, Cristiana Paulo, Ermelindo Leal, Inês Almeida, Inês Violante, Isabel Nunes, Isabel Prata, Joana Cardoso, Josephine Blersch, Margarida Carneiro, Mário Montenegro, Marisa Vaz, Rui Capitão, Rui Fausto, Sandra Samúdio, Telma Pereira, Telmo, Xe Pizarro
Playwright adapt from “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and the homonym adaptation by Philip Pullman.
Translation by Cristiana Paulo, Ermelindo Leal, Isabel Nunes, Isabel Prata, Margarida Carneiro, Mário Montenegro, Rui Reis, Sandra Samúdio, Telmo, Xe Pizarro
Cast Cristiana Paulo, Ermelindo Leal, Inês Almeida, Inês Violante, Isabel Nunes, Isabel Prata, Josephine Blersch, Rui Fausto, Rui Reis, Sandra Samúdio, Telmo, Xe Pizarro
Direction Mário Montenegro
Wardrobe Joana Cardoso, Marisa Vaz
Lighting Design and Technical Direction Rui Capitão
Technical operation and assistance João Castro Gomes
Hair Design Carlos Gago
Stage Photography Francisca Moreira
Video Registry Alexandre Lemos
Executive Production Filipa Heitor Science Museum, Mário Montenegro Marionet
Co-production Marionet | Science Museum of the University of Coimbra
With the Support of
Câmara Municipal de Coimbra
Fundação Bissaya Barreto
MAFIA – Federação Cultural de Coimbra
EU Seventh Framework Programme
Marie Curie Program
Universidade de Coimbra
Acknowledgement Rui Damasceno