Showing posts with label • Frankenstein's Wedding (2011). Show all posts
Showing posts with label • Frankenstein's Wedding (2011). Show all posts

March 22, 2011

Frankenstein's Wedding Album

The BBC has kindly provided Frankensteinia readers with a selection of photographs from Frankenstein’s Wedding, broadcast live from Leeds last Saturday, March 19, 2011.

All photographs here are by Matt Squires, Copyright BBC, and used with permission.

Angry villagers typically invade Castle Frankenstein, but here the mood is festive as thousands attend Frankenstein’s Wedding, live from the grounds of Leeds' magnificent Kirkstall Abbey.

A beautiful but doomed couple. Liverpool's Andrew Gower and EastEnders star Lacey Turner star as Victor Frankenstein and Elizabeth Lavenza.

Jemima Rooper as Elizabeth’s bridesmaid, Justine, gets the wedding reception going.

David Harewood as The Creature, with his laboratory Bride. The Birmingham-born actor’s roles have included playing Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. He’s appeared in television adaptations of Philip Pullman’s novels and an episode of Doctor Who.

Betrayed by Frankenstein, denied a Bride of his own, The Creature crashes the wedding ceremony.

A wedding tragedy. Lacey Turner as the bloodied Bride of Victor Frankenstein.

Frankenstein Live in Leeds
Frankenstein's Spectacular Wedding

March 21, 2011

Frankenstein's Spectacular Wedding

Andrew Gower, Lacey Turner and David Harewood starred in the BBC3’s Frankenstein’s Wedding, beamed live from Leeds across the UK on Saturday night, March 19.
Reviews of the multimedia play are mixed, but everyone agrees it was an impressive spectacle. Adam Sherwin of Beehivecity gave the show full marks, writing “It was undoubtedly the sort of event that only the BBC can pull off, a huge-scale live production involving the public, staged with wit and intelligence, which didn’t sacrifice the drama despite the enormous technical challenges.”
Reporting from Kirkstall Abbey on a cold, moonlit evening, Alfred Hickling of The Guardian writes, “As a technical feat, BBC3's enterprise is undeniably impressive. But as an audience member, you feel strangely isolated and incidental to the main event. It may be one of those occasions when you just had to be there – at home, watching it on TV, that is.”
Dan Owen of Obsessed With Film was among the underwhelmed, finding that “no passion, pace, or humour to Frankenstein’s Wedding”, adding, “It’s hard to imagine anyone had a good time watching this (even goths and emos would have found it pedestrian and dull), although it’s admittedly good to see BBC3 try something bold and creative.”
Perhaps The Guardian’s John Baron offers the best overview, stating, “As an experiment in televisual drama, I think the jury's very much out - on the TV brave-ometer, it was pretty much off the scale.

Here's a slideshow on The Guardian, and a very large selection of images on Flickr.
Update: See Frankenstein's Wedding Album, courtesy of the BBC.

March 18, 2011

Frankenstein Live in Leeds

It’s Springtime for Frankenstein in the UK. Even as the National Theatre’s play triumphs in London, BBC Television is staging a major live event in Leeds this weekend. You are cordially invited to Frankenstein’s Wedding.

In Mary Shelley’s novel, Victor Frankenstein reneges on a promise to create a bride for the Creature who, betrayed, warns, “I shall be with you on your wedding-night!” That night has come, this Saturday evening, as Victor (Andrew Gower) and Elizabeth (Lacey Turner) tie the knot at Leeds’ Kirkstall Abbey, its majestic ruins bathed in lights.

An onsite audience expected to top 12,000 is invited to dress for the occasion and participate in a special wedding dance. Meanwhile, cameras will follow The Monster (David Harewood) as he makes his way through the city, intent on confronting his maker and bride-to-be.

Billed as a Romantic Horror Spectacular, the elaborate event, combining live drama, music and dance, goes live March 19 on BBC3 at 8PM, local time. It’ll also unfold on Twitter. Preparations and character “video profiles” are available to see on the BBC3 website, and on YouTube for viewers outside the UK.

Hopefully, the proceedings will be recorded and made available to the rest of the world.

BBC3 page for Frankenstein’s Wedding.

Video Diaries on YouTube: Victor, Elizabeth and The Creature (whose handheld camera may induce motion sickness!), and here’s the Audience Dance Tutorial.