14 - 28 Oct 2023
Playhouse, QPAC
2 hours
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$89 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

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Alive on stage.

From the company behind the award-winning stage spectacles Jane EyreA Christmas Carol and Dracula – comes Mary Shelley’s electrifying tale of creation and humanity, retold in a large-scale theatrical event.

Victor Frankenstein, a brilliantly ambitious young scientist, pushes the boundaries of theory and morality to create a living being from the remains of the dead. But playing God has its consequences.

Shunned by society and plagued by an inherited sense of confusion and rage, Victor’s miracle of science becomes a monster that threatens to destroy everything his creator holds dear.

Can Victor redeem his unthinkable actions, or will he succumb to the horrors of his own making?

Realised by an extraordinary creative team and combining mind blowing production elements with the moving power of virtuosic storytelling, Frankenstein promises a night of thrilling theatre of monstrous proportions.

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein by nationally revered shake & stir theatre co, only at the Playhouse QPAC.

Presented by QPAC and shake & stir theatre co


  • Adaptor Nelle Lee
  • Director Nick Skubij
  • Creative Producer Ross Balbuziente
  • Designer Josh McIntosh
  • Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
  • Sound Designer & Composer Guy Webster
  • Video Designer Craig Wilkinson
  • Movement and Fight Director Nigel Poulton
  • Creature Makeup Design Steven Boyle
  • Cast includes Darcy Brown, Tony Cogin, Nick James, Jodie le Vesconte, Nelle Lee and Jeremiah Wray
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Adapted by shake & stir theatre co

For Teachers

Age Recommendation: Grades 9 to 12

Warnings: This production contains: adult themes, simulated violence, suicide ideation, self-harm and death, coarse language, as well as use of smoke effects, strobe lighting and loud music.

Curriculum Links 
Gothic Theatre, Transformation of a classical text, Contemporary Performance

Dramatic Forms and Styles
Gothic Theatre, Magical Realism, Ensemble Theatre, Contemporary Performance, Cinematic Theatre, Text transformation

Science and Nature, Power and Revenge, Love and Family, Mortality, Society Expectations and Influences.

Dramatic Conventions
Non-linear narrative, Fluid characterisation, Hybridity – Gothic, Magical Realism, Physical, Multimedia, Ensemble and Chorus, Surreal transformations, Direct Address, Symbolic use of props, Music and Song

English Subject Connections 
Mary Shelley defied the literary odds when she crafted this masterpiece asking fundamental questions about humanity, society and science. In the same spirit, Shake & Stir’s stage adaptation of Frankenstein will theatrically inspire and deepen students’ understanding of the novel or provide an example of contemporary theatre with no prior knowledge necessary. Students can compare and contrast the text and play, exploring the themes and issues presented for a new, modern audience.

Drama Subject Connections 
An ideal example of Gothic Theatre for your students. Through shake & stir’s unique approach to storytelling your students will witness the thrill of Gothic Theatre, Ensemble Theatre and Magical Realism helping to deepen their understanding and providing an excellent example of how a text can be transformed for the stage.

General Capabilities 
Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Critical & Creative Thinking, Personal & Social Capability,

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