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Somerset County Gazette

Friday, October 6, 2000


Monster Show from Spain Wows Students

In Victor Erice’s classic Spanish film ‘The Spirit of the Beehive’, the unsophisticated children of a remote Spanish backwater are entranced by Boris Karloff’s monster when the 1931 film of ‘Frankenstein’ is shown in the village hall. Last Friday the Firewalk Theatre company from Zaragoza brought its version of the Mary Shelley story to Queen’s College, Taunton, and the effect was equally electrifying. ‘El Frankenstein’, a dynamic interpretation in Spanish of what is now a familiar tale, captivated an audience of around 90 students of the language from Queen’s, Taunton School and Richard Huish College, through a fast moving and technically polished production. With rapid changes of mood from the truly sinister to the very comic and back again to its tragic ending, Rupert Marshall’s skilful adaptation succeeded in keeping the young Hispanists on the edge of their seats throughout the play. They especially enjoyed the scenes in which Frankenstein’s servant, Igor, ventures down into the auditorium in search of body parts for further experimentation and later when the hungry monster himself follows suit looking for dinner. There are numerous jokes, visual and linguistic, one or two musical interludes, as well as more serious sideswipes at fascism and intolerance. First produced in 1998, this version of ‘Frankenstein’ has toured all over Spain playing in English to young audiences. As a way taking language learning outside the classroom it has much to commend it, not least through the monster’s own efforts to learn to speak and his hilarious attempt at role-play in an imaginary clothes’ shop. The play is scripted and directed by Rupert Marshall and performed by Xabier Rodríguez, Camino Miñana and Luis Orna. Sound and lighting are by Vicente Orna assisted at Queen’s by Peter Cole. The company promises to return next year with ‘Drákula’. Time to brush up on some more horror vocabulary!


Prensa española

"Firewalk Theatre se presenta”
ABC 16/10/97

“Firewalk Theatre, un singular grupo de teatro en inglés”.
Heraldo de Aragón 08/02/98

“Ventana abierta al drama en Alcañiz. 25 compañías. 1ª muestra de teatro”
La Comarca 13-19 noviembre 1998

“Firewalk Theatre versiona al ‘Frankenstein’ más divertido”
La Comarca 20-26 noviembre 1998

“Teatro Principal. La compañía Firewalk”
La Voz de Galicia 25/01/99

“El público infantil tomó el teatro principal”.
El Correo Gallego 26/01/99

“Teatro de inglés para estudiantes en el Bergidum”
Diario de León 27/01/99

“La obra ‘Frankenstein’ llega al Teatro Moderno”
Nueva Alcarria, Guadalajara 5/02/99

“El escenario. Aula para aprender inglés”
Diario de Navarra. 29/04/99

“Firewalk. Un paseo por el fuego escénico de los horrores”
Heraldo de Aragón. 30/7/99

“Frankenstein imparte clases de inglés en el Auditorio”
Diario de Mallorca. 20/10/99

“Una compañía bilingüe en Aragón”
Revista del Circuito 02/00

“La compañía “Firewalk” estrena en inglés la obra ‘Frankenstein’”
Melilla Hoy 29/02/00

“Gran acogida a la representación en inglés de ‘Frankenstein’”
Melilla Hoy 03/03/00

“Actuaremos ante el hijo de Carlos y Diana”
El Periódico de Aragón 15/09/00

“Firewalk Theatre de gira por Inglaterra”
Heraldo de Aragón 16/09/00

“Firewalk lleva su versión de ‘Frankenstein’ al Principal”
Heraldo de Aragón 07/03/01

"Firewalk revive a un gran clásico del terror en el escenario del Principal”
Heraldo de Aragón 09/03/01

“Castigo del inocente”
Periódico de Aragón 09/03/01

" ‘Frankenstein’ enseñó inglés a 500 estudiantes sobre el escenario de Olimpia”

El Mundo Valladolid 14/03/01

“Frankenstein – Teatro en inglés”
II Jornadas Culturales, universidad de Zaragoza 04/11/04

“Los clásicos nunca mueren”
20 minutos 26/11/04

“La obra de teatro Frankenstein será representada…”
Club lector 10! 01/12/04

“Los niños descubrirán al monstruo de Frankenstein en inglés”
La Voz de Galicia 10/01/05

I Jornada de teatro en inglés
Centro Cultural Caja de Burgos 14/02/05

“Los niños se acercarán mañana al mito de Frankenstein”
Huelva 18/04/05

“Teatro en inglés”
Programa de teatro y música, Servicio Cultural CAI 25/04/05


Prensa inglesa

“Harrow School pupils saw Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”.
Harrow Observer 21/09/00

“El Frankenstein. If you’ve got nerves of steel and can speak Spanish…”
Somerset County Gazette 22/09/00

“Firewalk Theatre present their interpretation of Mary Shelley’s famous mix’n’match monster…”
Venue 15-29 September 2000

“We can spook in Spanish”
Gloucesterhire Echo 27/09/00

“Monster show from Spain wows students”.
Somerset County Gazette 06/10/00

“Frankenstein in Spanish”.
Rutland Mercury 13/10/00

“Mary Shelley’s story, Frankenstein, intrigues as much as ever”.
Times Educational Supplement 20/10/00

“Spanish treat for pupils”.
Express and Star, Birmingham 25/09/01

“Frankenstein comes to Hampton”
Hampton School website 11/03/05


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