Written and directed by Zoë Seaton
Based on the original short story by Owen Booth
With Vicky Allen, Nicky Harley, Rhodri Lewis, and Chris Robinson
A match made in horror! The story begins in 1946, when villagers dig Frankenstein’s monster out of the glacier he’d crawled into after his Hollywood career gave up the ghost.
Fully defrosted, he meets “The One,” igniting a love story of monstrous proportions. A duet of undateables stand out and fit in to forge their own beautiful brand of domestic bliss with their 67 (Italian) blue sheep. The comedy is pitch black and horror gets a happily ever after in this wildly fresh look at the Frankenstein myth crafted by the critically acclaimed theater mavericks, Big Telly, known for their bold style of immersive and rollicking entertainment.
This play contains references to miscarriage.
We design professional theatre productions, site specific, immersive games and participatory community driven projects, throughout Northern Ireland and internationally. With work spanning over 30 years, the company has a reputation for innovation and accessibility. We work across sectors, using arts to deliver objectives for health, education, heritage, tourism, economic development, social development, rural development and town and city regeneration. As a company, we seek to innovate how and where culture is made and performed and how theatre can be used as a tool to regenerate and serve the community to create long term impact. Our work is multi-platform and cross sectoral, fuelled by a belief in the intrinsic value of arts practice and its potential to deliver a range of educational, economic and social outcomes. Influences in our work to date include, gaming and escape rooms, computer hacking, burner phones, AI, AR, emotional computing and binaural sound.
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"A winsome cartwheel of a show"
"With a nimble and inventive cast of four, it is a fast-moving comedy that cares to tip into poignancy."
"With a dreamy, heightened air...the play has tender depths" – The New York Times
"A delightfully goofy and unexpectedly touching lark"
"The comedically facile actors [nurture] an intimate report with the audience, not by slamming down the fourth wall but by inviting us to join them on their whimsical ride."
"Humor, horror, and a little pathos mix nicely in this intimate, quirky import from Northern Ireland" – NY Stage Review
"A celebration of imaginative theatricality" – Theater Pizzazz
"A work of strange brilliance – funny, touching and gloriously absurd." – The 100 Word Review
"Dizzying and affective"
"An immersing and mirthful diversion" – TheaterScene.org
"Monstrously fun and devilishly clever" – Hi!Drama
"A richly allusive, campily knowing, often quite funny riff on the Frankenstein myth." – The New Yorker
"Defies all expectations"
"Unexpectedly delightful, unpredictable, unmissable" – TheaterScene.com
"Directed with inventive zest by Zoë Seaton" – Wall Street Journal
"The production is monstriously fun to experience, and its style, a medusa of convention, is a playful patchwork of performance."
"Exhilerating...the ensemble of this production are giddily engrossing, with every actor of this cast possessing an innate flair for versatility that spars with the play's rapid pace."
"Of all the lively events [in Origin's 1st Irish], no production has hit the nail of this festival's spirit so literally on its head than Belfast-based Big Telly Theatre Company's FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER IS DRUNK AND THE SHEEP HAVE ALL JUMPED THE FENCES" – Irish Echo