Living Frankenstein at Senate House, School of Advanced Study






On Wednesday 23 May for the third in the University of London's Living Literature series, an epic thriller will be brought to life through immersive performances, talks, workshops and activities. Welcome to the world of Mary ShelleysFrankenstein!

Listen to chilling ghost stories by candlelight as Gothic Professor, Nick Groom sets the scene of that night in the year without a summer at the Villa Diodati, where the first version of Mary ShelleysFrankensteinwas created. Tread carefully through Victor Frankensteins rooms in Ingolstadt, hear about PolidorisThe Vampyre with Dr Sam George (University of Hertfordshire) and play with a historical vampire slaying kit.

Relive the birth of the monster and learn about the scientific and medical innovations of the period with theOld Operating Theatre Museum. Listen to an original score inspired by the iconic 1931 creation scene from James Whales famous film adaptation, and hear Dr Sarah Artt (Edinburgh Napier University) introduce you to some ofFrankensteinsmore unusual on-screen mutations. A must for fans of dodgy science and messed up gender politics.

Listen to a modernbeatbox retelling of Shelleys classic novel brought to you by theBattersea Arts Centres BAC Beatbox Academy. Using nothing but their mouths, they will present a poetic and political interpretation inspired by the original monstrous tale of power and persecution.

Talk to literature expert Professor Richard Marggraf Turley (Aberystwyth University) and read Mary Shelleys novel while your biometric measurements are analysed in real time. Make your own monsters at our creation table and join Professor Barry Smith (School of Advanced Study, University of London) as he experiments with your ability to distinguish the odour of fear from that of excitement.

There will be talks and activities led by Gothic experts, workshops, performers and much more!


Tickets 20 or 10 concessions | Age guidance 16+

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