Spine-chilling rock

SPOOKY ghosts, haunted buildings and gothic rock.

Local arts collective Genrefonix will return to Fremantle Prison later this month as part of Fringe Festival for the next instalment of their live multimedia show, The Ghosts of Fremantle.

With narration by infamous bushranger Moondyne Joe, and features on famous prisoners like Martha Rendell, the last woman to be hanged in WA, Genrefonix promises to deliver an entertaining look at the gothic history and architecture of Fremantle, set to the tunes of a rock opera.

Group guitarist, mood synthesiser and manager Will Axten says that while the show is filled with historical stories and facts, it’s more entertaining than your average tour-guide.

“We’ve shot a film and a music show so it’s almost like a rock opera with a film playing at the same time,” he says.

“The film goes through the Round House, the arts centre asylum and the prison and there’s big rock numbers, guitar solos and then there’s dark, gothic-style imagery of the buildings.

• The arts and musical collective Genrefonix. Photo supplied

“Then there’s ghosts in amongst it all.”

While the group performed at the prison last year for the Fremantle Heritage Festival, this is the first time the prison will host a Fringe Festival show.

Mr Axten says the group is happy to activate one of Fremantle’s top destinations, adding that the intense atmosphere of the prison is perfect for their performance.

But while it all sounds spooky, parents can fear not, as Mr Axten says its suitable for all ages, as long as your kids don’t mind a few ghosts.

“There’s no gore, no big horror scares or anything like that so it’s definitely family friendly,” he says.

Genrefonix’s last spine-chilling show at the Roundhouse sold out within 24 hours, so punters will have to get in quick to avoid missing out.

The Ghosts of Fremantle is at Fremantle Prison on February 24 at 7pm, 8.15pm and 9.30pm. Tickets are $20 each.


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