AUB tackles Shelley at the Shelley

STUDENTS from Arts University Bournemouth will be taking over the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe for their first public productions of the 2018-19 season.

From Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th, they will perform Helen Edmundson’s Mary Shelley, direc-ted by Dorset Corset’s Helen Watts. Edmundson is best known for Coram Boy, Queen Anne and The Heresy of Love. Mary Shelley explores a crucial episode, when the 16-year-old Mary met and eloped with the wealthy and charismatic Percy Bysshe Shelley. The production brings the story back to its roots, in the house where the Shelleys lived in Bournemouth.

Mary Shelley runs in rep with Blood and Ice, by Liz Lockhead and directed by Like Kernaghan. This is the story of the creation of Frankenstein (Mary Shelley’s best known work) in Geneva, as part of a game to see who could write the most horrifying story.

The plays are performed in sequence on Saturday and Sunday.

The theme continues with Freakenstein, a devised piece performed at the Shelley from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th November. It’s described as “a fun and freaky theatrical experience” drawing on physical theatre, Greek tragedy, clowning, steampunk science, cyborgs and a look into the future of human identity.

Angel Exit’s Tamsin Fessey directs Shelley’s Voices, another collaborative piece, which will be performed from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th December.

Dance students take over Pavilion Dance South West for tHAT Happy place, an original piece of dance theatre created in response to the idea of finding joy in the everyday and letting go of perfect. It will be performed at 2pm on Thursday 6th December.

See the Shelley Theatre website www.shelleytheatre.co.uk, for details of the plays, and Pavilion Dance for the final show.