Opened: 15th October 2007 Bárka Theatre
Running Time: 2 HRS 10 MINS

"The creator’s pride: the creation is pretentious,
but it might be greater than the creative gesture itself."




The central issue in Frankenstein-project is what people, who are different, are allowed or not allowed to do in a world where we, the majority determine what being different means in respect of our daily interests, our social standing, our successes and our failures. In a painful and particularly realistic way the play shows us the mechanism which gives birth to our different aversions.

The normality can't obtain its rational meaning without aberrations, so that it creates consequently their own demons, nightmares, monsters, abnormalities and deviant figures in order to be able to determine oneself in accordance with something. When separation occures, the normality encounter with its aberrations and is forming a judgement: it is no more my task. I don't take responsibility for it. It's out of my competence and my scale of values! In your life you just rarely meet these monsters, criminals, cripples and deviants because the separation happenes on social and individual level. The "persona non grata"-s are kept closed in institutions, in the deepest subconscious of the individuals by the society.

The main point of the Frankenstein is such a revolt (the monster is rioting with its one existence), which opens the carefully closed locks and confronts us with the fact, that our normality is very incidental and it is standing on unstable bases, as a matter of fact on the principles of the majority. The confrontation, the appearance of the monster itself is real and human and tips out everything from its own system, as it draws attention with on how we make our judgements. We always have to confront the fact, that we are not similar to the monster but to everybody else. "The monster, the deviant, the someone" is invidious free, because he is not paying attention to the world and doesn't care about our limits. We are jealous of his freedom, because we can not and don’t want to integrate him - our fear is much bigger and our cowardice is much deeper - that's why we simply eliminate him.

Kornél Mundruczó, the director of the play: "I think the essence of becoming imbued with fascism in a philosophical aspect is the mixture of envy and fear. My intention is for the audience to experience this process in a very realistic way. The purpose would be for the question to arise not on an intellectual level, since there we have all the correct answers ready. Instead, out of curiosity filled with surprise and through the denial of the monster, we should be able to confront the fact, that we are much rather the barmaids or contai­ner-dealers than the different, special individuals, the "other people"." 

From the reviews

"Minimal realism and above all absurd, as though a young Harold Pinter had written it."  (The British Theatre Guide - England)


"The Hungarian Proton Theatre performs its piece in a container. Frankenstein-project is a cavalcade of genres: political tale, melodrama, bloody crime story, movie-within-theatre (…) where experiencing the unexpected triumphs above all." (Libération - France)


"But what is all this? Reality program? Installation? The answer: a fictional story where, in the blink of an eye, a seemingly everyday social drama becomes a bloody crime story." (Menų faktūra - Lithuania)

Festival invitations

-Festival Premiéres 2008. Strasbourg, France
-8th National Theatre Festival 2008. Pécs, Hungary
-New Plays from Europe 2008. Wiesbaden, Germany
-International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra 2008. Nitra, Slovakia
-Temps d’Images, La Ferme du Buisson 2008. Paris, France
-dunaPart - Platform of Contemporary Hungarian Performing Arts 2008. Budapest, Hungary
-Krakowskie Reminiscencje Teatralne 2009. Cracow, Poland
-KunstenFestivalDesArts 2009. Brussels, Belgium
-Wiener Festwochen 2009. Vienna, Austria
-Mladi Levi International Festival 2009. Ljubljana, Slovenia
-New Drama Action Festival 2009. Vilnius, Lithuania
-Homo Novus Festival 2009. Riga, Latvia
-Festival De Keuze 2009. Rotterdamse Schouwburg, The Netherlands
-20. Europӓische Kulturtage 2010. Karlsruhe, Germany
-44th BITEF Festival 2010. Belgrade, Serbia
-Festival Bo:m 2011. Seoul, South Korea
-Santarcangelo Festival 2011. Santarcangelo, Italy
-F.I.N.D. 2013. Berlin, Germany
-National Theatre of Pécs 2014. Hungary
-Transitions Central Europe Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre 2015. Athens, Greece
-Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival 2017. Chile


-Best performance - 8th National Theatre Festival 2008. Pécs, Hungary
-Best actress: Lili Monori - 8th National Theatre Festival 2008. Pécs, Hungary
-Audience Award - 8th National Theatre Festival 2008. Pécs, Hungary
-Special Prize of BITEF - 44th BITEF Festival 2010. Belgrade, Serbia

Viktória - Lili Monori / Andrea SpolaricsFrank Viktor - Roland RábaMagda - Kinga Mezei / Kata Wéber / Orsi TóthArgyelán Péter - János DerzsiPoliceman - Andrea Spolarics / Sándor TerhesNatasa - Natasa StorkRudolf - Rudolf Frecska / Zsolt Nagy / Péter OrthArgyelán Tünde - Ágota Kiss
Set, Costume
Márton Ágh
Written by
Kornél Mundruczó, Yvette Bíró
Viktória Petrányi
Assistant director
Zsófia Tüű
Kornél Mundruczó
Light technician
Zoltán Rigó
Sound technician
Zoltán Belényesi
Prop master
Gergely Nagy
Jánosné Cselik

Bárka Theatre, Mobilbox, PropClub, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts