Frankenstein comes to life at Fremantle’s Round House

Will Axten as Fritz the Hunchback. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d488288 communitypix.com.au
Will Axten as Fritz the Hunchback. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. d488288 communitypix.com.au

THE monster will come alive when a homage of the classic novel Frankenstein takes place at Fremantle’s Round House.

Frankenstone will feature a 25 minute independent film combined with a live music show.

Writer and producer Will Axten said the character of the doctor had been switched to be Henry Reveley, the architect of the historic building.

“Henry Reveley built the Round House and was family friends with author Mary Shelley,” he said.

“Our idea is to link him even tighter to the story of Frankenstein by having him as the evil doctor.

“Essentially paying homage to a real historical person, a historical venue and the book and everything that is Frankenstein.”

The audience members will begin in the Old Customs House with local historian Mike Lefroy to perform the ‘friendly warning’ before guests are led up to the Round House.

Mr Axten, who plays hunchback helper to the doctor Fritz, said the building was an amazing venue.

“It’s not being visited as much as it could be, they need to raise some funds,” he said.

“it seemed like a great opportunity to do that to showcase how amazing the Round House actually looks, that’s why we are shooting in there.

“I’m hoping that the audience appreciate what they got, the history, so many people I know haven’t been to the venue since they were 10.

“For young people, I would love for them to realise that you don’t have to go to Netflix to find interesting stories and that there is gothic stuff right here in Fremantle.”

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt will feature in the film as the mayor in the ‘lynching scene’.

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: Frankenstone

WHEN: Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1

WHERE: Meet at Old Customs House Atrium, 8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle