Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live In Leeds (1 x ) For one night only, in March 2011, the city of Leeds will play host to a spectacular live TV event – the marriage of scientist Victor Frankenstein and his bride-to-be, Elizabeth. is a bold and ambitious music and drama event. It will explore the iconic story through contemporary performance and cutting-edge musical content.
Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live In Leeds is a bold reimagining of Mary Shelley’s much-loved masterpiece, Frankenstein. Set against the gothic magnificence of Kirkstall Abbey in the city, this one-of-a kind performance will bring the passion, emotion and horror from the classic tale to a live audience.
With spectacular light projections and audience participation throughout, viewers at Kirkstall Abbey and at home will experience the content as it happens.
Following on from the successes of Manchester Passion (2006) and Liverpool Nativity (2008) which were both broadcast on BBC Three, Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live In Leeds plays into the audience’s desire to feel at the centre of the action.
It will stay true to the ethical and scientific themes but will burst open the classic text, fusing live drama with contemporary dance to bring a unique viewing experience for both the TV viewers and the audience in the Abbey itself.
The event will focus on the lavish wedding of Victor Frankenstein and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Lavenza. While Elizabeth fusses over seating plans, Victor broods on a dark secret – the murderous monster he has created.
In a unique take on audience participation, an audience of thousands will be invited to attend the event in their best wedding outfits and play a real role as wedding guests.
Phoenix Dance Theatre, a dance company based in Leeds, will also be involved with the project. They will lead on the choreography and dancers from the company will also perform as part of the final event.
BBC Learning is planning to run a series of dance workshops with Phoenix Dance Theatre, enabling the audience to learn routines that will be part of the performance, and will also highlight the themes of the Frankenstein text through social media platforms.
Full ticket details and cast will be announced early next year, alongside further information about the event and how people can be part of it.
Producer: BBC Wales / BBC North
TX: Saturday 19th March, 2011
Source: BBC Press Office