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Everyone always thinks that Frankenstein was the monster spawned by the outlandish imagination of Mary Shelley, but this is not the case.
Victor Frankenstein is the name of the mad scientist who, alone in his laboratory, collected assorted fragments of skeletons and corpses in order to assemble them, bring them back to life and thereby create a new manmade, composite creature.

German director, Jan Christoph Gockel, currently in residence at the Staatstheater Mainz, and Michael Pietsch, his long-standing stage collaborator, a puppet maker and puppeteer, have imagined the stage as a laboratory, in which a different type of giant monster is made from recycled objects, each of which has a life story shared with the people to whom it once
belonged.

The first piece used by this strange and playful mechanic: the gold watch inherited from a centenarian grandmother; but what should it become: an eye? A gold tooth?

Cast

Text and Direction
Jan-Christoph Gockel

From
«Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus» de Mary Shelley

Set Design
Julia Kurzweg

Puppet Design and puppeteer
Michael Pietsch

Costume Design
Emilie Jonet

Sound Design & Live Musician
Anton Berman

Light Design
Jean-Jacques Deneumoustier

Dramaturg
Cécile Michel

Assistant Director
Maxime Glaude

Set Design Assistants
Sarah Deppe, Julia Ippolito

Dramaturgy Assistant
Irina Reinke

Translation and surtitles
Werkhuis SPRL, Cécile Michel

With
Léone François, Anton Berman, Alfredo Cañavate, Bruce Ellison, Thomas Halle, Gianni La Rocca, Michael Pietsch (en alternance avec Laurenz Leky)

And
Lucas Hamblenne, Romain Gueudré, Pierre Ottinger

Special thanks to
Vincent Hennebicq

Stage Manager
Romain Gueudré

Light Operator
Emily Brassier
Intern: Virgile Morel De Westgaver

Sound Operator
Jeison Prado Rojas
Intern: Pawel Wnuczynski

Stage Hands & Construction
Stéphanie Denoiseux, Lucas Hamblenne, Pierre Ottinger

Development & Machinery
Frédéric Opdebeeck, Didier Rodot

Set Construction
Dominique Pierre, Yves Philippaerts, Pierre Jardon

Decoration
Eugènie Obolinski, Bruno Verlaet

Props
Sarah Deppe, Noémie Vanheste

Costume Creation
Nicoles Morris, Nathalie Willems
Stagiaire : Pauline Aschoff    

Production
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Coproduction
Théâtre de Namur, Tandem scène nationale, le Manège Maubeuge, Shelter Prod

With the support of
taxshelter.be & ING & tax shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique, l’Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne et du Goethe-Institut Belgien.

Special thanks to
the people who shared their stories and gave their objects, thus contributing to the creation of the show.

The show includes excerpts from
- Frankenstein ou Le Prométhée moderne, préface de 1831 traduite de l’anglais par Patrick Drague, Collection folioplus classiques (n°145), 2008, © Editions Gallimard.
- Ciment de Heiner Muller, traduction de l’allemand par Jean-Pierre Morel, Editions de Minuit, 1991.