Summer 1816. A house party on the shores of Lake Geneva. Mary Shelley and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with Mary's half-sister Claire and the infamous Lord Byron, take part in a challenge to see who can write the most horrifying story. Mary creates one of the most celebrated Gothic novels of all time, but how did this monstrous horror flow from the pen of a 21-year-old English woman? First staged in 1984 and revived several times since, Liz Lochhead tells the story of Frankenstein's creation as if set in a ghostly nursery. Using flashbacks and the rich poetic language for which she has become admired, Lochhead weaves a spider's web of connections between Mary's own tragic life and that of her literary monster.
|Publication date:||25th August 2009|
|Publisher:||Nick Hern Books|
LIZ LOCHHEAD, born in North Lanark in 1947, attended Glasgow School of Art before becoming a poet, playwright and broadcaster. Her most successful plays include Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (recently republished by NHB), Perfect Days (about a woman approaching 40) and Good Things (about a woman approaching 50). She is now writing a play about a woman approaching 60 for the National Theatre of Scotland. She has adapted three of Moliere's comedies and two Greek tragedies, Thebans and Medea, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2001. She lives in Glasgow.More About Liz Lochhead