Not All A Dream


NOT ALL A DREAM marked the birth of Brushstroke. We dreamed big, and our ambition paid off. This 60 minute play brought the story of Mary Shelley and her monster to life - a retelling of the legend that her great novel Frankenstein was conceived in a ghost story competition, with the greatest writers of the age. The play follows Mary as she traverses this group to stand apart, at 18 years old, and a woman in Regency England.

We chose the extraordinary venue Lake Nenia to act as the historical setting of this story - Lake Geneva, Switzerland


The story is full of nuanced characters and complex emotions. NOT ALL A DREAM explored the challenging topics of child loss, infidelity, the historical voicelessness of women, and the terrifying responsibilty of parenthood. The isolation of Mary in her darkest moments is reflected in the stark design, and the lake, which stretches out from her on all sides.


This production was originated in 2018 at the Perth Fringeworld Festival, in a season of four, sold-out performances. It was presented in conjunction with three local music acts, who played a live set during the pre-show picnic in the Mundaring venue's grounds. 



The Team


Grace Chapple - Mary Shelley / Writer / Producer

Cassidy Dunn - Claire Clairmont

Daniel Moxham - The Creature / Director

Thomas Owen - Lord Byron

Benjamin Thomas - Percy Shelley


Ronan Chapple - Sound Design

Antonina Heymanson - Costuming

David Mitchell - Producer

Reinette Roux - Graphic and Set Design

Jackson Used - Dramaturgy


Lake Nenia




"The emotionally explosive nature of the play throughout scenes of affairs, esteem and betrayal could have meant the young cast might struggle— these fears were completely unwarranted. Moxham took on the more restrained character’s expressions of deeply disturbing emotive trauma. Chapple’s performance also stood out in this respect, owning all the maturity that a grieving mother and betrayed lover requires. Dunn’s manner of traversing her character’s development over the performance was impressive. Owen’s portrayal of the sort of humorously insufferable Lord Byron was stellar, and succeeded in having me (excuse the ineloquent phrasing) really, really want to punch him in the face.

Not All A Dream relies on discourse about the existence of women in creative spaces over time, drawing upon poetry, prose and theatre in the process. It reminds us to look beyond the usual providers of creative arts, and to consider what can be made in diversity. Although the season is finished— having sold out many of its shows— we should look to Brushstroke Productions and its wonderfully talented youth in the artistic year to come."

Full Review at: Colosul Magazine