Monstrous Bodies

Chasing Mary Shelley Down Peep O' Day Lane

Sandy Thomson dives deep into Dundee’s hidden history to create a powerful and triumphantly entertaining piece of theatre that speaks a with a voice that is both local and universal.
— 5 Stars THE STAGE
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Dundee Rep Ensemble and Poorboy Ensemble present
Monstrous Bodies
(Chasing Mary Shelley down Peep O' Day Lane)
Written and Directed by Sandy Thomson
Wed 19 – Sat 6 May

“on the northern shores of the Tay, near Dundee…. the airy flights of my imagination, were born” 
Mary Shelley, Author’s Introduction to Frankenstein” 1831
 
It’s 1812 and the country is coming apart at the seams. War, poverty, and riots make it a dangerous place for a young girl but after a furious row with her stepmother she is sent away from home, alone, into the care of the rich and radical Baxter family of Dundee.  Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is 14 and hasn’t met the man who will make her Mary Shelley yet. She hasn’t done anything yet. But her genius for finding trouble pitches her into a world of politicians, revolutionaries, lunatics, American fugitives, and the ladies of The Glassite Church Floral Tea Committee.
 
In 2017, Roxanne had so much studying to do for school she nearly didn’t go to the party on Peep O’Day Lane. But everyone needs a night off, right? She doesn’t mean to crash out but when someone takes a topless photo of her, Roxanne’s life as she knows it is over.
 
Unless it isn’t.

Do you know what a monster really looks like? 
 
“Man you shall repent of the injuries you inflict” Frankenstein, Chapter 20
 
Through the lived experiences of two young girls, the rights and realities of those approaching womanhood criss cross the centuries - to a time when a presidential candidate can talk of ‘grabbing them by the p***y’ and still win election to be Leader of the Free World.
 
“Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful” Frankenstein, Chapter 20.

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Natasha Jenkins, Designer on Monstrous Bodies talks through the costumes.
Here's Emma Jayne Park talking about the choreography for Monstrous Bodies.
Natasha Jenkins, Designer on Monstrous Bodies talks through the set.