Fractal Theatre Productions has reimagined a cult classic 'Frankenstein'. Adapted from Mary Shelley's original by Brenna Lee-Cooney, this play meshes together mime, dance, text and song into a dramatic and riveting theatre experience.
The production also features original music by Eugene Gilfedder and dynamic choreography by Brian Lucas. As the creator of this gothic masterpiece, Brenna Lee-Cooney takes her cast and crew to dark places and demands the most from them. This looks to be an unmissable show and Cooney promises a show unlike any other.
Describe the show in 5 words?
Drama, dance and music revive Shelley's ‘Frankenstein’.
What is your role in the production and how did that come about?
I am the Director and adapter of the script. I founded the Fractal Theatre Productions company with my husband Eugene Gilfedder in 1989 and I have a history of creating new works for the company.
What is your past experiences with 'Frankenstein'?
Reading the novel primarily and then trying to avoid the spoofs which ignore the book pretty much entirely.
Why do you think it has such appeal after all this time?
It was the first of its kind. The Monster and Creator argument poses endless questions for humanity — especially with our current scientific possibilities.
What is the cast and crew like? I see you have some notable sorts like Eugene Gilfedder and Brian Lucas.
The cast are fantastic and work brilliantly in this ensemble context. They are multi-skilled and bring dance, circus and singing skills to their acting performances. Eugene Gilfedder has been Co-Artistic Director of Fractal since 1989. Brian Lucas has a passion for Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein' and has long wanted to be a part of creating a stage adaptation and so he has come on board as movement coach/ facilitator.
What is your favourite line in the play?
'I was born innocent, misery has made me a fiend.'
How is this version different to the countless that have been done before?
This version is different basically because it sticks to the original novel whereas most others diverge wildly. Very little has been changed other than to tease and flesh out characters more fully, based on the information and ideas provided in the book.
Any crazy/ weird/ funny behind-the-scenes stories?
Probably the craziest part — which has provided endless side-splitting moments during rehearsal — is the character Clerval being killed with a volume of the 'Kama Sutra'!
Anything else the readers should know?
There will be two midnight performances with a door prize for the best dressed monster and best dressed corpse bride.
'Frankenstein' will be staged at the Brisbane Arts Theatre from May 3-18 with two midnight shows on Saturday May 4 and 11.