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Newry’s Newpoint Players performed Frankenstein as part of last week's Newry Drama Festival.

Frankenstein performed by Newpoint Players. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Frankenstein performed by Newpoint Players. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The new adaptation by Sean Treanor told the story of mans irrepressible thirst for a command over nature culminating with the invention of Frankenstein.

Commenting on the Creature played by Turlough Trainor, Adjudicator Michael O’Hara said “The monster I would not like to meet in a garden glade in the middle of the night. Here he enters life about eight feet tall and enormously strong, but with the mind of a new born, and that new born’s mind if you like, did develop. Look for all the things that he had learned.”

“He was abandoned by his creator and confused, you showed us that monster. Your tried to integrate yourself into society only to be shunned universally, you did that as well, but you know that he also showed us that he was not a purely evil being, he had a certain amount of sensitivity and benevolence and it is thanks to Old Michael that this was drawn out for us, because Old Michael couldn’t see. He listened to the person, picked up the vibrations and he got the sense of the monster … What a monster”  

Frankenstein performed by Newpoint Players. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Frankenstein performed by Newpoint Players. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Speaking on the musical background to the play the Adjudicator said “The effects generally were good but the music was so overpowering. At times, just at times, I wanted it toned down, so that the actors could act without the aid of the melodramatic effect that the music sometimes did give, that is a relatively small point but nevertheless it is there. I didn’t want the acting to be too easy for the people on stage, because the wonderful musician was in fact almost creating the mood for these actors and driving them to a large extent in delivering what it was they were supposed to be doing.”

Concluding he added “To the Newpoint Players “A very different experience, blending music, action, visual support to give us a rather individualistic slant of the Frankenstein story and it was both interesting and entertaining.”

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