Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

Theatre (political, music)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 1
  • 22:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Battersea Arts Centre and BAC Beatbox Academy
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Electrifying gig. Thrilling theatre. Tongue-twisting vocal gymnastics. Mary Shelley’s original, re-imagined with songs, soundscapes and sonic trickery. Experience the power of the human voice breathing life into monsters all around us. 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?! BAC Beatbox Academy is Battersea Arts Centre’s homegrown young collective. Having performed at The Royal Festival Hall, Latitude Festival and appeared on Gareth Malone’s The Choir (BBC Two), the collective make their Scottish debut. ‘Mind-blowing’ ***** (Guardian).

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Traverse 1 has a steep rake so if you have any access requirements, there is level access into the building via lift. Duty Manager will show customers into the theatre to their seat/space. If not taking the lift there are 29 steep steps from the bar Bar to Stage Level of Traverse 1.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 6 August, 7 August, 8 August, 9 August, 10 August, 11 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August, 18 August, 20 August, 21 August, 22 August, 23 August, 24 August, 25 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Latecomers are admitted, re-admittance is allowed throughout the show. Ear defenders are available for those with sensory sensitivities.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Colin George 111 days ago

An extraordinary showcase of talent - such infectious energy and delivered with endless generosity. A performance where you can't help but be part - take photos, get up and dance, join in. The engagement with local teenagers (as support for the main event) has clearly repeated the Academy's successes - one girl's voice left us moved to tears. And then the main event - mind-bending vocal and musical performances using the Frankenstein story as an inspiration. If you've got a ticket for the remaining sold out shows then hone your beat-boxing skills before you go!

Rebecca Bogucki 111 days ago

A real taste of what the fringe is really about - a unique production performed live and devised by a group of young people, The beat boxing was amazing and the performances were remarkable. The audience participated enthusiastically and the academy show cased their collaboration with Leith Academy - it was truly wonderful to see the empowerment of young people in this way. The interpretation of the Two hundred year old story as the creation of modern monsters through modern media and ideals was very dramatic and relevant .
The Standing Ovations were truly deserved.

Christina O'Beirne 115 days ago

Outstanding entertainment from start to finish - brilliantly crafted and a very polished performance worthy of an award!

Julie Phillips 116 days ago

Excellent show. Entertaining and well delivered. Got the whole audience involved

Anthony Simpson 118 days ago

An exceptional show! Clear 5 *, At the end of our show, the audience literally all jumped up at once to deliver a standing applause.

Z K 119 days ago


Fringe Bingers 119 days ago

A top show, bursting with youthful energy, originality, creativity and humour, performed by a highly talented and engaging group of teens. We loved it. *****

Maria 122 days ago

I've seen beatboxing a number of times before at the Fringe but these guys just blew my mind! Their skill and energy are captivating. Watch this show!

Penny Wilson 127 days ago

Stupendous show! I see a Fringe First and/or Herald Angel Award in their future! What energy, talent, humour, and excitement these talented individuals display.! They totally captivated the sold out audience with their beatboxing, great songs and gorgeous singing. One of the best shows I’ve seen in 6 Fringes! Go See It!

Ben L 129 days ago

This is one of the most interesting things I have seen in my life across any artistic medium. Incredibly impressive. The actual 'screen' performance is beautiful, and only further complemented by being able to see the production unfold live.

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The List (3/5 stars) 108 days ago

Monstrously entertaining gig theatre with a stitched-together narrative...

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The Independent (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

Beatboxing theatre seems to be having a mini-comeback at this year’s Fringe. Between the return of Shlomo with two shows, one for adults and one for children, the prevalence of the form alongside tapdancers in Noise Boys, and the enjoyment of Boar at Pleasance Courtyard, it has hardly been better...

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Culture Bean 109 days ago

Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster is the mind blowing creation by Battersea Arts Centre Beatbox Academy. [...] Don’t expect amateur dramatics here. Their talent is off the charts. I found my jaw dropping, hands waving and mouth whooping at the display on stage.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 113 days ago

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. ...

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 113 days ago

Since Mary Shelley's debut novel was published in 1818, and adapted for stage five years later, there have been countless adaptations – but none quite like this. Very loosely drawing on themes from Mary Shelley’s book, this production is mainly a platform for Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy to show...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 114 days ago

The performers themselves are all incredible the whole way through, making incredible soundscapes and sound effects from their own mouths. There is not a pre-recorded sound effect and yet the performance sounds like an incredible amount of pre-production had gone into it. Furthermore, all the performers were charismatic and funny - getting the audience on their feet to dance and holler on multiple occasions. Whilst they each clearly have their own favourite discipline, each performer moves demonstrates skills from contemporary dance to singing to acting with a professional level of skill.

Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster isn’t your average Fringe show, but it’s an incredible watch that will leave you buzzing and awestruck at the talent and ingenuity in front of you.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 118 days ago

A beatbox ‘concept album’ version of Frankenstein. Sounds shit, no? The familiar tale updated and refreshed with a 21st century urban perspective – ok, interesting. The young cast are introduced and we’re given a bit of a primer on beatboxing. Sounds kind of fun. They’ve chosen how to present and...

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

This show is an experiment in re-animation, and Mary Shelley, who no one could call risk-adverse, would approve. Six young musicians have recreated her 200-year-old story with beatbox, creating a thudding, skittering, thundering soundtrack. It was cooked up in London, in Battersea Arts Centre’s Beatbox Academy, and it’s a monster...

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 118 days ago

I was particularly excited to see Frankenstien: how to make a monster, having a few years ago stumbled upon snippets of it at Latitude and being totally blown away. In the intervening years the show has transformed into a slick … Read More ...

Read the full review (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

Welcome to the Battersea Arts Centre Beat Box Academy and a version of Frankenstein like you’ve never seen or HEARD before. This incredible ensemble take Mary Shelley’s classic tale and create a thudding, thundering verbal and sound triumph of a production!

I had prejudices about hip hop and beat box but my mind was blown by this show. Every sound is created live, and each performer has a strong identity.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

Just what does it take to make a monster? Is inhumanity truly born simply from reanimation, or is it a product of the already inhumane environment? Re-investigating Mary Shelley’s epic horror, BAC Beatbox Academy’s production amazes with a mind blowing cacophony of perfectly pitched sound. Wildly unique and immaculately performed,...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Six large amplifiers and six mics sit on the stage. The audience looks slightly intimidated by the noise potential of said amps. When the noise finally starts (after a fun but rather distracting interactive in...

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Fest (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

Blowing the cobwebs off a classic isn’t easy, especially when it’s one like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that’s spawned so many adaptations and left behind just as many clichés. Yet this thrillingly lippy production really does make the old monster feel fresh again. Six charismatic young beatboxers, under the joint tutelage...

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UK Theatre Network (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

Yet again the Traverse Theatre is breaking new boundaries with innovative entertainment.
There is certainly nothing monstrous about this mid-blowing production – except perhaps for the monstrous amount of talent on stage.

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 125 days ago

The set is simple, in fact perfect in its simplicity. Bulbs are suspended from the Traverse ceiling, bathing the stage in a warm glow. On stage, six amps with microphones are all that gives any clue as to the explosive performance that is about to be witnessed on this Scottish...

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