BEAUTY’S LEGACY – Or The Modern Frankenstein

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Created by Mark Finbow & Simon-Anthony Rhoden and inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

This May one of the region’s most exciting emerging theatre companies, The Keeper’s Daughter, come crashing into Suffolk with their thrilling new sci-fi comedy Beauty’s Legacy; a modern day version of the classic thriller Frankenstein. Part Bladerunner, part Frankenstein, part Slimming World! Beauty’s Legacy is a sci-fi comedy/drama about a revered geneticist who creates the most beautiful, stylish and vain monster the world has ever seen – with disastrous consequences. Beauty’s Legacy rips through media culture, tears open financially obsessed societies and examines the value of the legacy we leave behind. Writer/Director Mark Finbow commented:

“The show is specifically targeted at a teenage audience and we’re very fortunate to have received the support of our resident venues Diss Corn Hall and experienced theatre company Eastern Angles in the development of this work. Eastern Angles have been extremely supportive over the last few years acting as rural touring mentors.”

Following Suffolk previews in Ipswich, Eye and Stradbroke, The Keeper’s Daughter will be representing Diss at the largest fringe festival in England, Brighton Fringe, where Beauty’s Legacy has been selected by a panel of industry experts as part of the Fringe’s exclusive WINDOW week. Producer Emma Martin Said:

“It’s an amazing achievement for our first ever fringe, in fact the first show we’ve ever taken outside of East Anglia – so we’re very excited to be flying the flag for theatre in the East and indeed taking Diss Corn Hall’s name further afield.”

The show was co-created by Simon Anthony-Rhoden and features Norfolk born actress Eloise Secker. Beauty’s Legacy is also touring in Autumn 2014 and throughout 2015 and is currently booking for Schools and rural touring. Beauty’s Legacy visits The Bank, Eye on 2nd May, Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich on 9th May and Stradbroke community centre on Saturday 10th May.

The Keeper’s Daughter

‘There can be few small theatre companies around today able to rival the wit, originality and vigour of The Keeper’s Daughter.’ – Diss Express.

The Keeper’s Daughter use theatre and storytelling to stimulate imagination and nurture creative development within East Anglian Communities and beyond. Currently there are two strands to the company’s work-

Rural touring – Using professional actors to deliver small scale stage plays to isolated communities throughout East Anglia and;

Education and participation – We bring professional storytelling skills to people of all ages through workshops, producing community productions and through holding an annual acting summer school for teenagers.

The Keeper’s Daughter’s creative practice is based upon elements of Lecoq physical theatre: clown, ensemble and chorus work. Our style is big, fast and imaginative. Formed in 2009, The Keeper’s Daughter have toured new adaptations of A Christmas Carol, Dracula and Hound of the Baskervilles and have created original work for National Horse Racing Museum, West Suffolk College and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

The Keeper’s Daughter is Professional Theatre Company in residence at Diss Corn Hall Arts, Norfolk.

Beauty’s Legacy has been selected by a panel of industry experts for inclusion in WINDOW. New for 2014, WINDOW is Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry showcase. Created to develop and encourage artists ready for the next step in their career, it offers a platform for high quality, new work to be highlighted from 2 – 7 May. With the buzz of the May bank holiday weekend in one of the UK’s most popular cities, both established and emerging artists have the perfect opportunity to showcase their work whilst developing their professional networks. WINDOW is supported by Arts Council England, and is partnered by The Stage.

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