The Monster and Mary Shelley

An outlandish trip through the mind of one of literature’s most influential imaginations.

A new touring production

“It was on a dreary night in November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils”
- Victor Frankenstein

June 1816 – the ‘Year without a summer’: On yet another sun-less day at their holiday villa in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenges his guests Percy and Mary Shelley to ‘each write a ghost story’. Two days later Mary, 18 years old and having recently watched her premature baby die, has a ‘waking dream’ and begins to write a story that will haunt and define her for the rest of her life.

‘So this is why you created me? Not to scare your readers. Not to scare yourself. But to scare away the things that really frightened you? So that you can sleep at night?’

The Monster and Mary Shelley is an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of ‘fear’. Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster… explores the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

Written by Stewart Ennis, Directed by Peter Clerke, Performed by Catherine Gillard, Set Design by Ali McLaurin, Lighting by Paul Froy, Music by Richard Williams.

Stewart Ennis’ captivating script sparkles, weaving the contemporary with the classical… Catherine Gillard delivers a tour de force performance as Mary. Highly recommended.

The Reviews Hub ****

A vivid cut-up of psychological light and shade that gets to the dark heart of the creative urge within.

The Herald ****

Fascinating and hilarious… a wonderfully engaging show.

The Wee Review ****

Electrifying theatre… a simple yet illuminating and brilliant piece of theatre.

Skye – Theatre for All

Following a highly successful Scottish tour in Spring 2018 The Occasion have now secured funding from Arts Council England to play a series of dates in Autumn 2019. Prior to this there will be some further Scottish performances. Full details to be announced shortly.

Audience comments:

LOVED IT! Thought provoking, atmospheric, entertaining – quality work. Thank you.

Brunton, Musselburgh

Brilliantly conceived and acted. Very touching – really enjoyed it.

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

The acting was outstanding and the changes of pace, humour and sense of suspense were stunning.

Byre Theatre, St. Andrews

Beautifully written, masterful performance. Actress held everyone captivated. Great atmospheric lighting and sound… I don’t know The Occasion’s work but after tonight will look forward to getting to know more of it!


A real tour de force by Catherine Gillard – excellent acting. Normally dislike historic pieces draped in modern language and/ or costume but thoroughly enjoyed this.

Universal Hall, Findhorn

A well crafted play, directed and acted superbly – lots of content, great staging, lighting, sound etc.

Lyth Arts Centre

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Supported by

Creative Scotland logo              Tron Glasgow logo              Golsoncott Foundation

Photographs by Neil Buchan-Grant, marc marnie, Stewart Ennis and Richard Williams.
Video by Rare Bird Media.