Rough Draft #41: Frankenstein

Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer TheatreFree


Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing

Created by Emme Hoy and Imara Savage  

About Rough Drafts

Rough Drafts supports the development of new Australian works by providing artists with an opportunity to experiment and grow their ideas. Writers, directors and theatre makers are given access to a rehearsal space, a paid team of actors or creatives and dramaturgical support. They may use the week and resources to embark on something currently unscripted or they might choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. The outcomes vary greatly according to the project.

At the end of the workshop week, we invite you into the development process to have a sneak peak of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings are an opportunity for the artists to test their ideas in front of an audience... and it’s a chance for you to learn about how new plays are made.

Rough Drafts are supported by The Girgensohn Foundation

The Project

Former Resident Director, Imara Savage, and current member of STC’s Emerging Writers Group, Emme Hoy, resume a collaborative relationship that began on STC’s production of Saint Joan to create a new work inspired by Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein. The play is in the earliest stages of development and the team are using the week to develop a concept and begin drafting scenes, a selection of which they will present at the showing. Giving an audience to their initial thoughts and ideas gives the Artists an invaluable opportunity to grow and shape the work so we hope you can join us.

The Concept

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”  Frankenstein

Disaster has struck. The artists are all gone; parts of Europe have succumbed to swarms of genetically modified wasps; artificial seaweed has choked the oceans; and despite the efforts of lab-grown algae, the oceans are freezing over. And of course, it’s all a woman’s fault.

By debuting her gene-editing technology on an unborn fetus – who just happens to be her own daughter – a woman has unleashed humanity’s Edenic fall from grace. Now that the human genome can be edited to a state of perfection (for the right price); social inequality is growing; the genetic variations that support creativity are dying out – plants are trying to kill us, and eugenics are part of the day-to-day.

Three nightmarish acts – spaced decades apart – reveal the destruction of a world in the face of uninhibited progress, capitalism and greed. Mixing black comedy, intimate domestic scenes and global destruction - the play will ask: where do we end?

Heather Mitchell, Contessa Treffone, Meyne Wyatt