March 22, 2011

Frankenstein's Wedding Album

The BBC has kindly provided Frankensteinia readers with a selection of photographs from Frankenstein’s Wedding, broadcast live from Leeds last Saturday, March 19, 2011.

All photographs here are by Matt Squires, Copyright BBC, and used with permission.

Angry villagers typically invade Castle Frankenstein, but here the mood is festive as thousands attend Frankenstein’s Wedding, live from the grounds of Leeds' magnificent Kirkstall Abbey.

A beautiful but doomed couple. Liverpool's Andrew Gower and EastEnders star Lacey Turner star as Victor Frankenstein and Elizabeth Lavenza.

Jemima Rooper as Elizabeth’s bridesmaid, Justine, gets the wedding reception going.

David Harewood as The Creature, with his laboratory Bride. The Birmingham-born actor’s roles have included playing Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. He’s appeared in television adaptations of Philip Pullman’s novels and an episode of Doctor Who.

Betrayed by Frankenstein, denied a Bride of his own, The Creature crashes the wedding ceremony.

A wedding tragedy. Lacey Turner as the bloodied Bride of Victor Frankenstein.

Frankenstein Live in Leeds
Frankenstein's Spectacular Wedding


Max the drunken severed head said...

The idea behind this event is pure brilliance. The execution, however, has me scratching my head.

Why is Justine dressed like a cross between Bjork and Strawberry Shortcake?

Why is the Creature's appearance not frightening or revolting, a key element of Shelley's plot?

I see no clues that the event is meant as satire, comedy or an exercise in camp. The costumes and props seem to indicate a more contemporary setting than the one of Shelley's novel, but otherwise it seems to be attempting to play the themes straight. Perhaps it is meant to viewed as social critique (possibly historical) of the devalued "otherness" that racism creates, given the casting of the Creature.

BTW--the word verification I'm getting now to post this comment is "liferat." :D

Pierre Fournier said...

There are several links in the posts I made, and googling “Frankenstein’s Wedding” will take you to even more info and reviews about the show. Basically, it explores themes from Frankenstein as a musical drama in a contemporary setting. The Creature, as I understand it, is genetically created and represents the dangers of cloning rather than being just a scary monster.

Max the drunken severed head said...

Thanks for the information!