Frank

A one-man version of the classic horror Frankenstein, for our disconnected times.

The Show

FRANK is isolated, vulnerable and suffering a storm of health problems that he doesn’t understand.

Frank’s search for identity leads him through conflicting memories and life experiences. Each body part remembers the joy of its former life and the manner of its death in such detail that Frank cannot escape the inevitable horrifying conclusion. He isn’t one person, but has been created using the body parts of many people. Including the murderous doctor whose ambition has cost so many lives.

Seeking answers about the meaning of his existence he finds a loving and supportive online community that gives him hope he can find acceptance. But through his own actions the group becomes a foul cesspit of the worst bullying and rejection that humanity can inflict.

Audiences have been fascinated by this monster’s quest to find his humanity for almost 200 years. Part existential horror, part dark thriller, this story is a compelling and universal one, because Frank’s questions are ones that we all want answers to. What does it mean to be human? Are we deserving of love and acceptance?  In an age of online bullying how should we treat people who reject us?

The Development

Frank was in early rehearsals and heading to an initial run at Katzspace when production was halted because of Covid -19. We’re now working to get the show in front of an audience in the best and safest way, exploring outdoor venues and spaces with room for people to socially distance and still enjoy a great night out.

We’d love to talk to venues who are interested in putting the show on when it becomes legal and safe to do so.

The Team

Processed with VSCO with acg presetMatt McCabe, Actor. Winner of Best Actor at the Independent Horror Movie Awards 2019 for Fire Lies Matt’s film credits include Uncle David 2 which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. Theatre work includes Very Blue Peter and Modern Horror Stories at Edinburgh Fringe and Brutus in Julius Caesar at The Courtyard Theatre. He is a founding partner of Oyster Boy Productions.

 

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Amelia Gardham, Director. With previous shows including The Perfect Companion/Dracula at the London Horror Festival Suicide Pact at the Edinburgh Fringe and Invicibilly at Wandsworth Fringe, Amelia is drawn to stories that focus on the drama and delicacy of the human experience.

 

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Meg Toogood, Writer. A graduate of the MA Screenwriting at LCC Meg’s work has been shown at Southwark Playhouse and Old Red Lion. She’s been shortlisted for various awards including BBC Writer’s Room drama window, the T.S Eliot Prize at the Old Vic, and the 503Five. Her work examines ordinary people in extraordinary landscapes.

Who is it for?

This is play for audiences who like their stories with a dash of horrific violence and genuine terror. It’s unashamedly entertaining while asking powerful questions about our collective role as bullies, perpetrators and victims.

  • Age 18+
  • Fans of horror and classic tales
  • People who are familiar with the story or films and want to see a re-imagined version

Produced in partnership with Oyster Boy Productions.