Birth of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's groundbreaking gothic novel fused with the dramatic personal circumstances that inspired her to write it.

In the fall of 2013 Litmus Theatre sold out a two week run of Birth of Frankenstein.

Within the walls of a 19th century church in downtown Toronto, Mary Shelley has been woken. And here she is - to tell the story about how she came to write, and be consumed by, one of the most famous novels of all time. Featuring Romantic poet Percy Shelley, rebellious iconoclast Lord Byron, early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and more, Birth of Frankenstein takes you through the looking glass and into the Waking Dreams of an 18-year old girl with big ideas and more than her share of love, loss and scandal. This fall, slip into an immersive world with the acclaimed indie company that brought you Matchbox Macbeth - a world where graves are robbed, men are made immortal, and all laws of nature are broken. Capacity of 40 - book your tickets early.

Thank you to The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council for their support of this project.

Birth of Frankenstein
written & adapted by Litmus Theatre Collective

Director - Matthew Thomas Walker
Dramaturg - Mel Hague
Lighting Design - Patrick Lavender
Costume & Prop Design - Lindsay Woods
Stage Manager - Eric Savory
Associate Producer - Mariel Marshall

With Tosha Doiron, Adrian Proszowski, Adriano Sobretodo Jr., & Claire Wynveen

The Parlour Room, Saint Luke's United Church, 353 Sherbourne (at Carlton), Toronto.

October 22nd - November 3rd
Added show: November 2nd, 11pm

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Starting with the Space: how to devise work in site-specific venues

A free workshop hosted by Litmus Theatre

Litmus Theatre will lead a free two-hour workshop for emerging artists and theatre enthusiasts at the beautiful St. Luke's United Church.
Litmus Theatre co-founders will take the participants on a journey through the historic building, investigating the space with an eye to how architecture, space, found items and natural lighting can influence classic text. Through simple exercises we will train participants how to see a space through new eyes and uncover its hidden creative potential.

Starting with the Space: how to devise work in site-specific venues
Tuesday October 29, 2013
4:00pm - 6:00pm // FREE!
begins at 8pm (followed by a Q & A with the artists)

If you would like to attend Birth of Frankenstein after the free workshop and are a student/artist, a discounted rate of $20 is available. If you are not a student/artist and would like to attend the workshop, a discounted ticket of $25 is available with a promo code.

To participate, email  

Limited availability.


Adriano Sobretodo Jr. has been an acting instructor with Canadian Stage, Shakespeare in Action, and York University. Recent acting projects include: Family Story (SummerWorks), Look Back in Anger (Fevergraph), and the television pilot for The Strain (FX) directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Matthew Thomas Walker is Co-Founder of Litmus Theatre and Co-Artistic Producer of DMV Theatre out of Halifax. He has over 10 years of teaching and program directing experience for theatre companies throughout Nova-Scotia and Ontario. He holds an MFA from York University.

Claire Wynveen is the Communication Manager of Toronto Fringe, where she facilitated/designed Fringe's youth programs from 2011-2013. Claire has been a course instructor at York University, a T.A. at Queen's University and a workshop instructor at Canadian Stage, Paprika, and more.

Peter & Wendy

A low-fi re-imagining of the Peter Pan saga.

Currently in development, Peter and Wendy will mark the second classic story Litmus Theatre will adapt to create a unique and enlivened contemporary theatrical experience. Litmus' adaptation will sacrifice traditional ornamentation for a more bare-bones approach in order to illuminate the complexity of Peter and Wendy's interaction. Our structure will also invite a deeper discussion around how we, as humans, use stories to process and shape our experiences.

Thank you to The Theatre Centre, SummerWorks, and the OAC for their support of this bold adaptation.

Matchbox Macbeth

It's Shakespeare—but in a shed.

In the fall of 2011, Litmus Theatre remounted an eerie yet magical hour-long adaptation of Shakespeare's classic in a hidden backyard shed. Matchbox Macbeth completely sold out for the second year in a row and garnered a spot on NOW Magazine's Top 10 Theatre productions of 2010.

A special thanks to The Toronto Fringe Festival and the OAC for their support of our first production.

Matchbox Macbeth
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Matthew Thomas Walker

Director - Matthew Thomas Walker*
Assistant Director - Mariel Marshall
Lighting Design - Patrick Lavender
Media & Development - Ivy Johnson

With Jamie Maczko, Rob Renda, Adriano Sobretodo Jr.*, and Claire Wynveen

*Artist appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

NOW Magazine Top 10 Theatre Production 2010
The Torontoist Review
NOW Magazine Review