Erebus & Terror


Stage Set Designer & Fabricator, Live Drummer | Cambridge, Ontario



Every summer, the second-year undergraduate class at University of Waterloo School of Architecture produces, writes, and performs a play for their Cultural History course taught by Tracey Eve Winton.

The class of 2016 was challenged to re-imagine and combine Mary Shelley’s original 1818 version of Frankenstein with Captain John Franklin’s infamous 1848 voyage to the Canadian Arctic. Erebus & Terror are the names of his ships, which disappeared over 150 years ago, and no trace of them has ever been found. The play tells the story of Franklin’s doomed expedition to the Canadian Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. The crew is suffering from their isolation in this hostile environment; their ships are trapped in the ice, food is scarce, and the cold is unrelenting. In the darkness of the long Arctic winter, a dying stranger arrives with his terrible story.