Think you know the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster? Trevor Allen's The Creature strips the monster classic of the melodrama and neck-bolts, and instead presents the tale in the style of a classic radio play. Set on a ship in the early 1800s, we’re taken on the journey of Dr. Frankenstein, as he recounts his experiments in re-animation and the monster he eventually brings to life. Listen each week as the team behind The Creature creates an aurally stunning experience using binaural recording technology to relay the story of a brilliant, but ethically questionable scientist, and the monstrous, yet sympathetic, creature he creates. Originally slated to be a staged production in the Dragon’s 2020 season, the project was re-imagined for the audio-only experience due to COVID-19.
Put on your headphones, and experience the stunning tale that is The Creature. Teaser trailer available below!
We begin our story on a ship bound to discover a Northern Passage through the Arctic, where Captain Walton encounters a strange man stranded on the ice. The stranger begins his tale of destruction and despair.
The Creature and Frankenstein describe their birth and upbringing. We see Frankenstein experience joy, loss, and his schooling beginnings at Ingolstadt. The Creature starts to find his way in a new world and takes shelter near a poor family.
Frankenstein listens to the lectures of Professor Waldman and begins to experience the start of madness while the Creature learns language and the meaning of kindness. Frankenstein experiments with a new idea and toils away in his laboratory. The Creature questions why he was brought to life.
The seasons change and Frankenstein experiences a breakthrough in his experiments. We flashback to the night the Creature was born and hear what transpired.
The Creature summons the courage to approach the family who lives in the cottage. Frankenstein is nursed back to health by his friend Henry Clerval and begins a new field of study.
Frankenstein receives a startling letter and travels home to Geneva. The Creature begins his journey of vengeance against Frankenstein that ends in death. Frankenstein travels through the Alps and comes face-to-face with the Creature.
The Creature asks for the unthinkable and Frankenstein promises to give in to his unholy demand. Captain Walton continues to write down the story aboard the frozen ship as Frankenstein recalls his departure home to begin his gruesome task but cannot complete his experiment.
Death comes once again to Frankenstein and he is thrown once more into madness. He begins to chase the Creature once again in vengeful madness as their journey takes them both to the Arctic.
Frankenstein's tale comes to an end and Captain Walton makes a promise on his friend’s death bed. Captain Walton and the Creature meet for the first time resulting in the Captain deciding to turn his ship around and begin the long journey home.