Theatre: Frankenstein 2039 provides the traditional horror a cyberpunk twist

After spreading the feelgood buzz with Sepet The Musical in September, Malaysian-British theatre firm Liver and Lung Productions is shifting route with its Frankenstein 2039 present that performs on the GMBB venue in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 14.

Consider it as a futuristic replace of British creator Mary Shelly’s horror traditional Frankenstein. It’s written and choreographed by Englishwoman Hannah Shields and directed and composed by Shafeeq Shajahan, the co-founders of Liver and Lung.

The 2-hander options each Shafeeq and Shields within the lead roles.The KL-born Shafeeq performs Victor Frankenstein whereas Shields, who hails from Leeds, is the Creature. Music route is dealt with by native music producer Darren Luke, who has been tasked to create a soundtrack impressed by “digital terror”.

“Horror fascinates folks, particularly Malaysians, and it’s a actually good medium to look at society… what we’re afraid of and issues that may’t be categorised, ” says Shields, 26, who is predicated in KL.

“So we wished to create one thing scary for right this moment’s viewers and that’s typically the long run and the rise of expertise. It’s the worry of the unknown.”

Shafeeq Shajahan plays Victor Frankenstein while Hannah Shields plays the Creature in Frankenstein 2039. Photo: Daniel AdamsShafeeq Shajahan performs Victor Frankenstein whereas Hannah Shields performs the Creature in Frankenstein 2039. Photograph: Daniel AdamsBritish science fiction anthology TV sequence Black Mirror has been a reference level for this immersive theatre work. Frankenstein 2039 is about in a dystopian San Francisco in 2039 the place Donald Trump is serving his sixth time period as president, Amazon has bought Greenland and gun possession is obligatory for all US residents.

It portrays Frankenstein as an ex-Fb worker who’s dismissed for abusing consumer knowledge. He then embarks on an unorthodox technological experiment in a bid to create the proper humanoid.

“We’ve at all times been devoted to telling tales that put folks getting ready to their seats, tales which are human and promote human empathy and tales that signify unheard voices, ” says Shafeeq, 26, a method marketing consultant by day.

“The creature in Frankenstein at all times will get a nasty rep. It is vitally dehumanised and seen as a horrible monster who desires to unleash havoc on the world, ” he provides.

Whenever you revisit the unique textual content, that’s not the case, says Shields, a self-confessed Mary Shelly fan.

“Frankenstein created the creature to reinforce humanity, to not destroy it. So, we wished to take a look at what makes folks human. Is it the thoughts, the soul or one thing else? For me, as a playwright, it’s actually attention-grabbing to look at the human situation and one thing that’s historically seen as subhuman, ” she mentions.

Retaining consistent with the musical’s futuristic world, the present may have an interactive factor by means of an online app.

“Audiences will participate in a technologically interactive expertise. By way of a bespoke interface, they may have the chance to make selections that affect the story, ” says Shafeeq, who developed the app from scratch.

Frankenstein 2039 runs for 90 minutes with an intermission.

Frankenstein 2039 performs at GMBB, Jalan Robertson in KL on Nov 14-17 and Nov 21-24. Showtime: 8pm. Tickets: RM70. Extra particulars: Fb: Frankenstein 2039.

Shafeeq Shajahan and Hannah Shield's Frankenstein 2039 gives a cyberpunk musical treatment to gothic horror classic Frankenstein. Photo: The Star/Azman GhaniShafeeq Shajahan and Hannah Protect’s Frankenstein 2039 provides a cyberpunk musical therapy to gothic horror traditional Frankenstein. Photograph: The Star/Azman Ghani

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