Crowd-pleaser Frank Enstein returns to Perth stage

Perth Now

Extraordinary dance-theatre, mind-blowing magic, spectacular lighting and an electrifying contemporary soundtrack will delight the child in us all when this classic-with-a-twist returns to the Heath Ledger Theatre in April.

After a sell-out 2017 season, the much anticipated return season of Frank Einstein, a poignant and hilarious take on the much-loved classic, coincides with the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel.

Made by the award-winning creative duo of Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood from QLD-based company The Farm, in collaboration with Co3 Contemporary Dance, Frank Enstein features two extraordinary youth performers in the leader roles.

William Rees, 16, takes on the title role of Frank, brining his unique experience of performing with a disability to the character. Fifteen-year-old local dancer, and Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble member, Luci Young, makes her professional debut in the role of Liz.

Co3 Contemporary Dance dancers Andrew Searle, Talitha Maslin and Zachary Lopez reprise their roles as the monsters Frank brings to life.

Frank’s a lonely guy who wants to make his imaginary friends real. Harnessing electricity from a storm, he creates his world from nothing but his imagination and the garbage in his lab. Battling a physical impairment, Frank creates monsters to fulfil his desire to be normal and to be accepted by others. But can he control what he creates? And who is the real monster anyway?

Co3 Contemporary Dance’s Artistic Director Raewyn Hill said Frank Enstein is a story that we can all relate to. It’s about the struggle to fit in, to find our place and to find worth.

“It’s a work that speaks to all of us; we all sometimes need that reminder to be a little less judgemental and a little more accepting of ourselves and those around us,” she said.

Frank Enstein opens at the Heath Ledger Theatre, at the State Theatre Centre on 11 April 2018 until 15 April 2018.