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This one-man Frankenstein performance will debut at Craigdarroch Castle next month


A one-man version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is coming to  Craigdarroch Castle every Saturday night this October. 

Local actor Jason Stevens is no stranger to one-man shows, as he is most famously known for his performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – a time-honoured Craigdarroch Castle tradition. 

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“It’s one of those tales that surprises us with its emotional depth and cultural relevance,” said Stevens. “Underneath, it’s a love story and a story about abandonment and loneliness, but it’s also a story about responsibility which is a very relevant topic in our culture today.”

For those unfamiliar with the story of Frankenstein, it follows a young scientist who attempts to reanimate a dead body and in the process ends up creating a monster. 

Birth of sci-fi

Shelley began writing this tale at the age of 18 and it was published anonymously in London on January 1st, 1818, when she was just 20-years-old.

Mary Shelley’s 200 year old tale is often called the birth of the science fiction genre, which has since spawned countless remakes, spin-offs, fan fiction, ballets, and of course Stevens’ one-man show. 

Stevens is a classically trained actor from the iconic Drama Centre London in the University of Arts. 

Jason worked as an actor in New York and London for a number of years, and since moving to Canada has appeared in numerous film, television, and theatre roles in Victoria and Vancouver. 

Make sure to kick off your Halloween season with this timeless classic! 

Frankenstein at Craigdarroch Castle

  • When: Doors open at 6 p.m., Show begins at 6:15 p.m.
  • Where: Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Crescent 
  • Admission: Tickets are $20/person. Click here to purchase.
Joel Brewster
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