REVIEW: Frankenstein at the Station Theatre, Hayling Island
The lights went down and the play started with a monster trying to free itself from a sack after being deserted.
This took some time and was followed by more scenes about the creature meeting various people and the consequences that ensued.
I thought to myself, the last thing I want to do is spend an evening watching dark sketches, but then came the scene where the monster met the blind De Lacey, and a friendship struck.
Suddenly the previous scenes became clear, they were necessary to show the monster’s true thoughts and feelings – and I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the show.
This was a brilliantly acted piece of theatre. Tony Johnson played the monster beautifully, done in such a way you could read every thought going through his mind.
Andy Rees played De Lacey wonderfully; he never once destroyed the illusion that he was blind by looking at the monster or anything in particular.
Phil Gyngell played Victor Frankenstein perfectly and the whole ensemble was very believable under the superb direction of Andy Wharton, who had his eye on the ball. The writer, Nick Dear, has written many pieces in the past with some good credits to his name, but I don’t think this was a particularly good script.
As far as I’m concerned, the play started a little bit stunted and slow, but soon got into gear and moved well – although there were a few parts where more pace was required.