March 12, 2014


Sydney’s popular small theatre scene is much appreciated, judging by the audience response to The Genesian Theatre Company’s current production of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Adapted by Victor Gialanella and directed by Debbie Smith, the characters were brought to life by the enthusiastic performances from the entire cast. Even the dog never missed a mark or a bark.

Vincent Andriano in the starring role of The Creature was impressive, as was Dimitri Armatas playing Victor Frankenstein, the creator behind “The Creature”.

With so many versions of Frankenstein and his monster, it is refreshing that for this production, Victor Gialanella portrays Frankenstein according to Mary Shelley’s classic novel, rather than in the Hollywood style. Frankenstein asks us the question, when is the villian the victim and where does guilt lie?

In its 70th year, The Genesian Theatre Company, which was formed in 1944, is one of Sydney’s most active theatre companies, operating since 1954 from an historic church in Kent Street. Among their alumni are numerous household names in Australian theatre and film such as Bryan Brown, Baz Luhrmann, Judi Farr, and John Bell.

The Genesian Theatre at 420 Kent Street, Sydney is a very comfortable, small theatre and with seating on two levels, there is not a bad seat in the house.  One of their traditions is to always serve free wine and nibbles in the foyer on opening night.

Frankenstein is currently playing until 12 April on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and with a Sunday matinee at 4.30 pm

Their next production running from 26 April to 7 June will be Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Simon Reade.

Sandra Tiltman       Photos: John Pond