Again I’ve been lax in updating my blog – apologies! I’ve been working on a special project that has finally come to fruition!
I setup my theatre company Theatre Mensch over a year ago in order to produce projects I feel passionately about. One project was an idea I had quite a few years ago.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is possibly my favourite book. I had heard of Mary Wollstonecraft before, but it was only a few years ago that I finally made the connection that Mary Shelley was born “Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin” and was Mary Wollstonecraft’s daughter. After reading a little online, I decided to read a copy of The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire Tomlain. I was fascinated by Wollstonecraft’s amazing and anachronistic life and wondered, had Wollstonecraft lived to see her daughter Mary Shelley grow up, what she would’ve made of her? The original drive behind “Mary, Mary” was to see this amazing Mother and Daughter meet.
Now in the devising process, we still aren’t sure exactly what our “Mary, Mary” show will look like but we’ve had some great ideas. The more discoveries we make about Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft’s lives though, the more fascinated we are and driven to share the stories of these amazing women’s lives with our audience. Although our play won’t be a full biography of both women (that would not be a very entertaining piece of theatre) we do hope to inspire our audience to find out more about these brilliant women.