After a sell-out 2017 season, Frank Enstein returns to the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of WA in April. Made by the award-winning creative duo of Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood from QLD- based company The Farm, in collaboration with Co3 Australia, Frank Enstein is a poignant and hilarious tale of self-acceptance in this classic story with a twist.
This much-anticipated return season of Frank Enstein coincides with the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel and features two extraordinary young performers in the lead roles, formerly played by adults, who join Co3 Australia’s professional dancers on-stage.
William Rees ,16, takes on the title role of Frank, bringing his unique experience of performing with a disability to the character. William received a brachial plexus injury at birth restricting the use of his left arm. He developed his interest in acting by performing with his school and the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art at the Canberra Theatre Centre, winning the Acting Up theatre competition for ‘Theatre Underground’ in early 2017. He also starred in a film Black Sheep, receiving the award for Best Actor in a University of Canberra short film competition.
Fifteen-year-old local dancer, and Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble member, Luci Young, makes her professional debut in the role of Liz. She joined Co3’s Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble in 2015, performing in Our City, Our Stories at the Dolphin Theatre (2016) and Project NEXT at the Centre for Performing Arts at All Saints’ College (2017). Luci studies ballet on a scholarship at the Graduate College of Dance and is in year 10 at Methodist Ladies’ College.
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. Can he control what he creates? And who is the real monster anyway?
Co-Director of The Farm Gavin Webber says, “It has been great to re-work Frank Enstein with Will and Luci, who as teenagers bring a new perspective to the story and the show.”
Of the show returning to the stage, Co3 Australia’s Artistic Director Raewyn Hill says, “This work matters. Frank Enstein is a story that we can all relate to – the struggle to fit in, to find a place, to find worth and what better way to tell it than through the voices of our young people. It’s a work that speaks to all of us; we all sometimes need that reminder to be a little less judgmental, and a little more accepting of ourselves and those around us.”
The Farm’s wicked sense of humour and the extreme physicality of Co3 Australia’s dancers create a sensational mix of extraordinary dance-theatre and mind-blowing magic, set to an electrifying contemporary soundtrack with spectacular lighting and design to delight the child in us all.
Frank Enstein opens at the Heath Ledger Theatre, at the State Theatre Centre on 11 April 2018 until 15 April 2018.
Made by The Farm in collaboration with Co3 Australia Premiere season presented by Co3 Australia, The Farm and Bleach* Festival
Wed 11 – Sat 14 April, 7.30pm Thu 12 – Fri 13, 12pm Sun 15, 5pm
Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
Tickets from $35
Book through Perth Theatre Trust.