Frankenstein A free modern re-imagining

Touring 2018


Angel rising…

Slowly, painfully, out of the fusion of rabid light and impenetrable darkness, Angel emerges, alien and alienated, into the world.

Angel is the revolutionary procreation of pioneering female scientist Doctor Frankenstein – but in this take on the famous gothic tale ‘Frankie’ creates not the monster of convention, but a young woman, soon to be the subject of sociopolitical controversy and conspiracy.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is radically reimagined in a freeform modern interpretation to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication. The new play embraces the themes of the human ideal of perfection, psychosexual identity and the politics of gender and transgenderism.

Witness the civilian response to the untamed violence of Angel, the disaffected outlander, whose elemental presence is like a force of nature.

This innovative contemporary reworking of Frankenstein is a collaboration between the much talked about theatre company SISATA and Offie-nominated BAFTA award-winning playwright, John Foster. Our director, Charmaine K. Parkin, has worked extensively with John Foster on a number of successful theatre projects, including two Arts Council funded tours.

The modern Prometheus is released from the jelly of creation…

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Shelley Frankenstein Festival

2018 TOUR

18th & 19th May

Bournemouth, Dorset

22nd May

28th, 29th & 30th May

Royal William Yard

3rd June

Wimborne, Dorset

9th june

Ringwood, New Forest

11th June

Caversham Court Gardens

15th June

16th June

17th June

Rottingdean Terraces

21st - 23rd June

Clapham, London

8th July

Lewes Castle

14th, 15th & 16th July

Swanage Amphitheatre

Prince Albert Gardens

2.30pm daily

19th July

21st July


25th-28th July


The Creatives

Seth Tonkin is an actor represented by Marcus & McCrimmon, who graduated from the BA Acting course at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2015 after taking part in both final year musicals - ‘The Rights of Man’ and ‘The Boy Friend’. Since graduation they have taken part in several theatre in education tours around the UK with Maximize Theatre and Solomon Theatre, as well as being involved with advertisements and several short films. They also write a wide variety of music, which they are looking to tour with soon and love combining both passions. This is the first time they have worked on a SISATA production, but not the first time they have worked with the director. Having done shows with BOK Theatre like, ‘Dealings with the D word’, and ‘Eight Percent’, (part of the Rapid Write Response at the Theatre 503 in London).

Emily Rowan graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2016 and completed the Epic Stages course at The National Youth Theatre in 2017. Whilst training Emily performed as ‘Kay’ in Time and the Conways and ‘Flora’ in Turn of the Screw the Musical. Since graduating Emily has been on tour with theatre companies such as Solomon Theatre, in their production of ‘Last Orders’ as the character ‘Kim’ and in the title role of ‘Gemma’ in their production of Gemma’s Wardrobe. Furthermore, Emily has toured with AsOne Theatre company in their production of The Fisherman’s Daughter. Recently Emily has been working for SpOt drama, helping devise and facilitate sensory stories for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Emily is a competent guitarist and strong soprano singer, with a great passion for writing music and devising new theatre. They are very much looking forward to their debut with SISATA in their next production of Frankenstein.

Neelam Parmar graduated from the BA Contemporary Theatre course at East 15 Acting School, with a focus on acting and writing. Their interests in film and theatre, have always been centred around social and political thought. They have been involved in various theatre productions including a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe in 2005, with the politically charged, 'Terrorist! The Musical'; and the independent feature film about honour killing, 'Land, Gold, Women', where they played the lead role of Saira Khan. Neelam participated in the Talkback 2013 festival with Kali Theatre, where their play, 'To Forget and Forget', was performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Since taking a break to bring up their two children, Neelam has been working on their debut novel. Neelam is also a qualified teacher and their varied skills will be an asset to the team and development of the ideas.

Frank Leon is a Greenwich University graduate of the BA Drama and Playwriting course. Whilst training Frank played Katurian Katurian Katurian, in 'The Pillowman'. Frank performed as Max in 'Penetrator', at the Upstairs At The Three And Ten; as well as Magic Arthur in 'Better Days', at the Dukebox theatre -both were 'Mayem' shows, a theatrical company of which Frank was a co-founder. Frank directed a production of the musical, 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch', at the New Venture Theatre for the Brighton Fringe. The show returned by popular demand at that year's Pride event, garnering a 5* review from the Argus and a Best Production nomination from The Latest. Frank is a member of The Funny Papers, a Brighton based sketch group. They are also a recent graduate of the Brighton Comedy course. Some of Frank’s previous performances are Billy in 'The Rise And Fall Of Little voice'; Eugene in 'Biloxi Blues'; Prince Harry in 'King Charles III'; Conrad in 'Much Ado About Nothing’; Ryan in 'A guide to Second Date Sex'. Frank is absolutely delighted and fortunate to be working with SISATA.

John Foster

The Writer

John Foster is Practitioner-in-Residence at the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University where they teach screenwriting and playwriting. They published fiction in the Guardian and Spectator, broadcast talks for BBC Radio 4, worked as a script editor, researcher and associate producer in television. Their credits include episodic drama for many television series, beginning with Z-Cars through to The Bill. John has written childrens’ serials, single dramas and dramatised documentaries, including a BAFTA award-winning BBC Omnibus on crime novelist Raymond Chandler. They scripted the Patrick Swayze movie Letters from a Killer and is contributor to the award- winning crime fiction collection, Mean Time. John is currently writing for theatre and has had a number of full-length and short plays produced, including contributions to many new writing showcases across the South. Their site-specific play Shot at Dawn successfully toured the south-west. Another play, Chummy, received a three-week run at the White Bear Theatre in London and was Offie nominated for ‘Best New Play.’ Two new plays, Tree in the Sky and No Exit Reloaded will be presented at Theatre N16, London, and the House of International Theatre, Copenhagen, respectively. John is co-founder of Doppelganger Productions, the Bournemouth-based new writing theatre company.

Charmaine K Parkin

The Director

Charmaine is an ebullient, emotive and deft director that makes all-consuming, intense, disturbing work, that is stripped back and strikingly imaginative; letting the theatre speak for itself. A graduate of the BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Course at East 15 Acting school, in 2011 they created BOK Theatre which specialises in applied theatre and workshops in schools, organisations and charities. In 2012, Charmaine created SISATA out of their passion for making classic stories accessible for modern audiences. Since its inception, they have directed 5 Shakespeare plays; two of which they also adapted. In 2016 they adapted and directed Thomas Hardy's ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles’, which appeared in the Theatre Fest West, Plymouth Fringe and Sting in the Tale Festival and toured to 10 venues in the South, including places linked to the novel. As an Associate Theatre Practitioner of Doppelganger Productions, they have directed: ‘The Murder Wife’, a play inspired by the wife of Peter Sutcliffe, a modern adaptation of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray'; ‘The Weevil in the Biscuit’, a play exploring Robert Louis Stevenson’s creation of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’; ‘HAP’, a comedy about well-being; and ‘RIDE!’, tackling the brutal 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr. These plays were commissioned by and premiered at Bournemouth University's annual Festival of Learning before touring. Furthermore Charmaine has directed ‘Macbeth 2070’ for Dramatic Productions at the Lighthouse, Poole, an international tour of ‘Sticks and Stones’ for Germany’s White Horse Theatre and a piece of new writing for Juno Theatre’s all-female Showcase. They were also the Education Programme Facilitator for Doppelganger Productions' 2016 tour of ‘Shot at Dawn’, supported by ACE, Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

Alex Shore

The designer

An explorative designer, Alex likes to focus on how set and costume design can engage and immerse an audience.

'It's all about the psychology of clothing. Breaking down what items make up this character, and surround them to create this new world, adding depth and background to a story. My job is to play with the narrative and make it tangible.'

Alex Shore is also currently working on 'Vodka Hunters', a play involving the community of Boscombe for BEAF festival.

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Charmaine K Parkin


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