Monday, Monday… a look ahead at Day One of Plymouth Fringe 2018
With just three days to go until we kick off Plymouth Fringe Festival 2018, we thought we’d take a deep dive into the awesome shows that will be getting us started with style this Monday. With three highly-recommended shows across three separate venues on the first day of this year’s festival, it’s a great way to see your Bank Holiday weekend off in style and/or start your Fringe week off right!
With the awesome weather we’ve been having lately, it’s no wonder that we’re starting outdoors with Fringe-regulars SISATA’s brand new adaptation of Frankenstein.
Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Royal William Yard, writer John Foster and director Charmaine K Parkin respin Shelley’s classic gothic yarn of scientific creation and prejudical terror with a feminist twist when Dr Frankenstein creates not a terrifying monster but a young woman. Two hundred year’s after the novel’s original publication, this new production brings this well-beloved story crashing into the twenty-first century.
With the monster that is Plymouth Fringe Festival set well-and-truly loose, at 6pm, we’ll be heading over to Barbican Theatre to prove that punk’s not dead with Hear Me Howl.
A new play from Lydia Rynne, directed by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Resident Assistant Director Kay Michael, Hear Me Howl is the story of Jess who, on turning 30, presses pause on her conventional life and joins a post-punk band. If you’ve ever dreamt about trading your desk in for a drum kit then this one’s for you, a defiant two fingers at living the life that’s expected of you through a bitingly honest portrayal of one woman’s personal revolution.
Finally, we’ll be rounding off the evening in Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Drum Theatre with The Plasticine Men’s new show Engine Brake.
The award-winning Plasticine Men (best known for their much-lauded shows Keepers and There Shall Be Fireworks) are truly exciting theatre makers. This latest show is about England, India, cars but also about advertising and the stories that construct our identity. If you’ve ever found yourself whisked up and taken a thousand miles away by a brilliant TV ad or been turned red-in-the-face by the glossy back cover of a magazine then you’ll find much to inspire you (and maybe just a little bit to enrage you) in Engine Brake.
Of course, Monday is just the first of six days of outstanding theatre and live performance as part of Plymouth Fringe Festival 2018. If you’d like to check out the full programme then head to plymouthfringe.com/whats-on