The Clair/Obscur theatre company brought their play, ‘SOE’ about Vera Atkins to Winchelsea last summer to considerable acclaim.  They return this October with a new production, ‘Conception: Mary Shelley, The Making of a Monster’.

October 1840.  Gothic writer, Mary Shelley’s first pilgrimage back to Europe in twenty years in defiance of her father-in-law’s wishes.  Has Mary the courage to confront the past as she returns to Lake Geneva, her birthplace as a writer and of her most famous novel Frankenstein?  And will she find the solace she seeks among Villa Diodati’s rooms, terraces and vineyards where she, Percy Shelly and Byron spent that unforgettable summer?

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Winchelsea New Hall on Friday 13th October at 7.30 pm.