Frankenstein – Science, art and ethics clash in this cross-disciplinary performance at The Joan

The third production in the Joan’s 2016 Brave New Work season is a multi artform sensory experience about the evolution of technology produced by The Q. Using original text from Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, this new production examines the original story of the making of a monster, while drawing on modern day uses of technology. Is technology liberating us or are we creating a new era of Frankensteins?

The production features a remixing of the original Edison Studios 1910 film of Frankenstein, interwoven with images of current technological disasters by digital artist Ryan McGoldrick . A live musical score will be performed by pianist and composer Paul Smith with actor, Michelle Robin Anderson, interlaying the text from this classic story.

Portrayed as the students of Dr. Frankenstein, these three artists will gather to bear witness to the tragedy and provide their testimonial with more recent interpretations of this landmark tale of doom and destruction. Clunky cybernetic structures, contemporary fear mongering and viral villains will be awoken, electrified and digitized this November.

A lot has changed since this story was first told in 1817. Frankenstein’s Monster has wandered far and wide. Here’s your chance for an intimate encounter with those in pursuit of the elusive and infamous creature lurking in the shadows.

 Dates: 3 November – 5 November

Preview: 2 November

Opening Night: 3 November

Time: 8.00pm

Matinee: 4 November, 12pm

Venue: Allan Mullins Studio, The Joan

Creative Team

Director: Nick Atkins

Cast:    Michelle Robin Anderson

Ryan McGoldrick

Paul Smith

Design: Melanie Liertz

Design Assistant: Claudia Osborne

Sound Design: Donna Hewitt

Production Management & Lighting Design: Geoff Turner & Ben Turner

Stage Manager: Olivia Benson

Production Support: Tim Anikin


About The Q


The Q is the resident theatre making program based at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith. The Q has evolved from the creative lineage of the Q Theatre Company and its more than fifty years of commitment to the presentation and production of new theatre works.


The Brave New Work series features some of the lowest ticket prices on offer across the greater Sydney area, with single tickets just $35 or $30 concession. Students are well catered for with a special ticket price of $15.


With all performances lasting just one hour this is an excellent way to achieve a quality cultural fix with minimal effort. Audiences are also invited to join the creative team for a complimentary drink and snack after the show.


Tickets  : $35 Standard, $30 Concession, $15 Students.


To book call The Joan’s Box Office on 4723-7600 or online at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is located at 597 High Street, Penrith. Nearby parking and public transport is available.