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Frankenstein: How To Make a Monster presented by Battersea Arts Centre and BAC Beatbox Academy

Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster is a critically-acclaimed, Off West End Award Winning gig-theatre production by Battersea Arts Centre and BAC Beatbox Academy, inspired by the original monstrous tale of power and persecution.

Part electrifying gig, part thrilling theatre, Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster is a powerful and poetic show that pushes the power of the human voice to its expressive, musical and rhythmic limits. Six performers with six microphones take apart Mary Shelley’s original and reimagine a world of modern monsters – from our over stimulated digital age to the pressures to conform – while taking musical inspirations from Pachelbel to The Prodigy.

The production marks 10 years of nurturing rising talent and pushing the boundaries of sound and music with BAC Beatbox Academy; Battersea Arts Centre’s young performance collective.

Frankenstein will leave you asking: Who are the monsters we fear? Who created them? And how the hell did they just do that with their voices?!


There is certainly nothing monstrous about this mind-blowing production –except perhaps for the monstrous amount of talent on stage. – UK Theatre Network Review ★★★★★

Grab a teenager, locate your inner Eminem, and go marvel. – Telegraph ★★★★★

It’s not often that a piece of theatre made by and with young people in their teens takes centre stage at the Traverse during the Fringe, and scores a massive hit with both audiences and critics. – The Scotsman ★★★★

It’s so good you don’t want it to end. – The Times ★★★★

A thrilling hour of music, sound effects and theatricality – Across the Arts


AMINITA (Aminita Francis)

GLITCH (Nadine Rose Johnson)

WIZ-RD (Tyler Worthington)

ABH (Alex Hackett)

NATIVE (Nathaniel Forder-Staple)

AZIZA (Aziza Amari Brown) 

Creative Team

Co-Directors: Conrad Murray & David Cumming

Lighting Designer: Sherry Coenen

Sound Engineer: Manny Giovagnoli

Production Manager: Gerald McDermott


If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10-5pm on 0161 274 0600, alternatively you can email the box office on, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Please be aware that there is strong language during this performance.

This show has a content warning, please read in full here.

Once you have been booked in a wheelchair seat once, you can book online from then onwards and do not have to call our box office team to facilitate your booking. Please do reach out if you have any questions about this process.

Relaxed Performances

All performances of Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster are performed in Relaxed conditions, this means you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show.

  • Latecomers are admitted.
  • There are ear defenders available for those with sensory sensitivities. Light and sound effects have not been changed.
  • Please feel free to use phones to film and photograph the performance.
  • A designated ‘chill-out space’ will be provided for guests who may need time away from the performance space.
  • Price
    £20 full price | 15 under 35s | 10 all other concessions | 25% off for members
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road

  • Ages
    Recommended for ages 14+
  • Running
    80 minutes
  • Booking info

    We have a designated schools performance at 2pm, Wed 11 May 2022. Please contact the Box Office to book for this on 0161 274 0600.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Tuesday 10 May 7:00pm
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Wednesday 11 May 7:00pm
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Thursday 12 May 7:00pm
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Friday 13 May 7:00pm
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Saturday 14 May 2:00pm
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Saturday 14 May 7:00pm
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