The Resurrectionist by Robert Pope and Ian Dixon Potter at Etcetera Theatre

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We were once again the guests of the Golden Age Theatre Company to see their latest work, the story that inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Resurrectionist, at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden.

The story unfolds with Lord Byron going in desperation to the elusive scientist, Victor Darvell, to bring back his beloved and recently deceased manservant Blaize. Through his ingenious use of science, Victor is successful in bringing Blaize back from the dead. The reanimated Blaize, however, attracts the attention of the local townsfolk and the local cleric and judge Pastor Cornelius, eventually bringing danger upon himself and his ‘father’, Victor, through his perceived diabolical threat.

This we are to believe is the basis of Mary Shelley’s story about Frankenstein.  The character of Mary, however, seemed very much like a bit part in this story, which might have been intended, but on reflection seemed a but strange. Maybe she could have held more of a narrative position in this piece?

The play itself was hampered by some slightly lengthy scenes, that at times felt overly wordy. It must be problematic to write in a literary style belonging to the end of the 18th century and it no doubt takes a very effective writer to get it right. There were some very good insights into human nature within this piece, however because of the literary style, they came about in a very convoluted and roundabout way. Despite this there was some very good acting on show from the entire cast, and particularly, Peter Dewhurst as the enigmatic Victor Darvell. He was brilliantly supported by Mike Anfield, Tom Everatt, Mark Shaer, Tristan Rogers and Samantha Kamran as Mary Shelley.

Overall this was an entertaining piece of theatre, that could probably have been shorter. There were humorous moments throughout and some lovely moments within it. Check it out for yourself tonight or tomorrow at 7pm at the Etcetera Theatre.

Highlight of the show – Blaize being reanimated. A brilliant use of lighting and contact lenses.

WIGS 3/5

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