Monstrous Bodies

(Chasing Mary Shelley Down Peep O' Day Lane)

written & directed by Sandy Thomson

Sandy Thomson dives deep into Dundee’s hidden history to create a powerful and triumphantly entertaining piece of theatre that speaks with a voice that is both local and universal.
— ★★★★★ THE STAGE
A rich, passionate and sometimes slightly mind-blowing theatre experience…ruthlessly honest about the physical reality of women’s lives, and memorably courageous in facing the demons and dragons of misogyny.
— ★★★★ The Scotsman

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? 

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Photos by Jane Hobson

Sandy Thomson Director and Writer of Monstrous Bodies speaks about the concept of the production

Natasha Jenkins, Designer on Monstrous Bodies talks through the costumes.

Lily Garget, Hope Kennedy, William Drom and Stephen McMillan discuss being part of the 15 strong young company for Monstrous Bodies.

Assistant Assistant Director Georgia Tato discusses the themes for Monstrous Bodies.

Here's Emma Jayne Park talking about the choreography for Monstrous Bodies.

Jennifer Bates speaks about access performances

Natasha Jenkins, Designer on Monstrous Bodies talks through the set.

Elaine Stirrat, Ewan Donald and Irene MacDougall discuss being part of the 26 strong cast for Monstrous Bodies.

“Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful” Frankenstein, Chapter 20

Writer/Director Sandy Thomson

Assistant Director Jennifer K Bates

Designer Natasha Jenkins

Lighting Designer Mike Robertson

Dramaturg / Additional Writing Jeremiah Reynolds

Sound Designer Colin Lowson

Choreographer Emma Jane Park

Production Manager Simon Gane

Stage Manager on Book Lesley Nielson

Deputy Stage Manager Siobhan Scott

Assistant Stage Managers Debbie Campbell, Matt Newby

Assistant Director's Assistant Georgia Tato

Cast Eilidh McCormick, Rebekah Lumsden, Elaine Stirrat, Irene MacDougall, Emily Winter, Lorna Gold, Jeremiah Reynolds, Billy Mack, Ewan Donald, Barry Hunter, Laurie Scott, Morgane Beckett, Revati Campbell, William Drom, Kirsten Ellis, Lily Garget, Gabriela Hodun, Hope Kennedy, Arlene McKay, Stephen McMillan, Olivia Nicolson, Freya Purdie, Olivia Russell, Anjini Snape, Evie Strange, Brodie Thompson