He is to Paradise Heights what Darth Vader is to Star Wars, an iconic villain with a shadow that is cast across the entire series of Paradise Heights tales. When I first wrote I'm Frank Morgan all those years ago I had no idea that I would go on to create a series of critically acclaimed tales set in the same community. Thus far there have been seven separate tales. Frank only appears in three of them, but each of the protagonists in the other stories have either crossed paths with or had their fates altered irrevocably by association with the shark. Frank's shadow is heavy and long across The Heights, and his deeds have echoed down through the years, leaving their own landmarks on a scarred landscape.
This is certainly a time to bring him back. But this is a Frank RewiRED. A significant location and certain characters were created in later tales, I wanted a chance to acknowledge that and if I was to bring the play back I'd do it, so I have. There are nods and references to quite a few of the other stories here and I'm also laying down track to the next tale with this rewrite - you don't have to have seen any of the other stories to watch this though, this is a rise from a Paradise Heights Lazarus Pit, and a Frank scarily altered.
I've been working alone on this, rehearsing into the wee small hours, there's nothing quite as testing discipline wise as a one man show, I know there's no hiding place once I'm out there. Of course it is also harder to sell, my friends circle only goes so far so it's tough selling those seats - do share this if you get the chance as I can promise you a show that you'll never forget. This is certainly a leap with the character, this is a dark modern fairy tale with an injection of EC Horror. I guarantee plenty of surprises for anyone that might have seen the original.
Darren Barker is doing a fabulous job creating set and Darren McGinn has again been creating some fab imagery (all the visual elements seen around this page) for the show. The very talented Justin Wetherill has been creating sound - there is music too - but I'm saying no more, just be there on the night(s).
Premiere's Thursday 12th April at The Kings Arms, Salford for 3 nights then moves onto Hermon Chapel Arts Centre in Oswestry, full venue, booking links and details below.
It would be lovely to see you. Welcome to The Ace of Spades, Frank can't wait ta meetchya...
This new interpretation premieres at The Kings Arms, Salford on 12/13 & 14th April, tickets now on sale at the links below:
Thurs 12th Apr 8.00pm
Fri 13th Apr 8.00pm
Sat 14th Apr 8.00pm
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Chapel Street, Oswestry 3rd and 4th May
Thurs 3rd May, 7:30 pm
Fri 4th May, 7:30pm