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Year Without Summer (Cast Iron Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 21 August 2018

Set during the celebrated weekend that birthed works such as Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ and John Polidori’s ‘The Vampyre’, Cast Iron Theatre’s play explores concepts such as creation and dependency in a tremendous show of intrigue and coming-of-age. Looking at three almost mythical characters: Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and the sister that history forgot, Claire Clairmont, the cast both literally and figuratively go round in circles as they consider mourning, rebirth and reinvention. The three actors masterfully convey a breadth of emotions, shedding light on the intricacies of the relationships between these characters, and the dark undertones in play that led to the conception of those beloved literary works.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lucy Caradog]