Although many people may think of a green scary monster when they hear the name “Frankenstein”, few know where it actually came from. Mary Shelley is the author of the original “Frankenstein”, a novel which she wrote when she was 18. Contrary to popular belief, the story is about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein and the monster which he creates. The monster is unnamed in Shelley’s novel, despite the name “Frankenstein” often being used to refer to the monster instead of the scientist.
Shelley came up with the idea for her novel whilst she was on a writing trip in Geneva, in the company of future husband Percy Shelley, and fellow writers Lord Byron and John Polidori. The group came up with the idea of having a competition to see who could come up with the best horror story. During a stormy night, whilst thunder boomed and lightening struck over Lake Geneva, Shelley dreamt of what would later become “Frankenstein”. Geneva soon gained it’s place in the book as one of the main settings.
Collège du Léman is coming up with it’s very own theatrical performance called “Summer 1816: Making of a Monster”, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein novel. Mr Penrose, one of the main people in charge of this play, shared a few words regarding the upcoming performance. “Many people know of the movie adaptation Frankenstein, but far less about the original novel,” the English teacher explained, “for ‘Summer 1816: Making of a Monster’, we wrote our own script, inspired by Mary Shelley’s original version.” From writing the script, to acting, to costumes and makeup, a lot of effort has been put in for this CDL performance. Interested in seeing it for yourself? The play will be performed the 5th and 6th of April at 7pm in Eiger Auditorium. Don’t miss it!
(above) Mary Shelley, author of the novel “Frankenstein”.
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