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SPOOKY GHOSTS AT FREMANTLE PRISON

 

 

Genrefonix is back in Fremante with another amazing show in February, after four sold-out Frankestone shows in the Roundhouse late last year.

Ghosts is back at Fremantle Prison on February 9 after sellout Fringe shows in 2018.

Join the outstanding actors and musicians in the atmospheric Fremantle Prison Theatre for a fictional multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes. All performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle’s architecture and its ghosts.

See some of WA’s most haunted buildings brought to life through emotive tunes, eerie sound effects and imaginative ghost portraits.

The original theatre screen used for prisoners will fire up once again, bringing history and imagination to life. Each ghost has a story, each building a unique ambiance. Share in the power and passion of the supernatural landscape of Fremantle. Spooky fun! Rockin’ tunes!

There are three shows on February 9, at 7pm, 8.15pm and 9.30pm so don’t miss out!

Tickets can be booked on the Fringeworld website.

Roel Loopers

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF DISAPPEARING ARTS MANAGERS AT FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2019

 

What on earth is going on at the City of Fremantle’s Cultural Development Department? I just heard that the Manager Culture and the Arts Destry Puiashame has suddenly left after only six months in the job.

Piuashame came with high credentials from Melbourne and took over from Pete Stone, whose departure was also quite unexpected, and Festival Co-ordinator Alex Marshall also left. The Freo grapevine tells me other staff are also due to leave.

The Fremantle Festival, which will be for the first time during winter this year, is just five months away, the Fremantle Heritage Festival is in May/June and the Hidden Treasures winter music festival is in July, so who is stepping up at the City to organise all those events on short notice, and what are the issues that cause the departure of good staff members?

I hope City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn will be able to shed some light on this rather curious situation, especially since the CDD was also in charge of the yellow art debacle in High Street.

Roel Loopers

MOOMIN TROLLS AT FREO SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

 

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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre presents its  production of Moominpappa at Sea, an adaptation of celebrated Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson’s book, at its Fremantle Short Street theatre at Princess May Park from January 14 for the 2019 summer holidays.

Moominpappa at Sea follows a family of Moomin trolls who embark on a great adventure to find a new home on a rocky, windswept island far out to sea. As the Moomins explore the mysterious surroundings of their new island home, we get a unique opportunity to see the world through their eyes, and this adventure story of a family ‘at sea’ becomes a journey of self-discovery for us all.

This timeless and imaginative story is brought to life by the director and solo performer, Michael Barlow who draws you into the lives of these enchanting creatures as they face challenges with courage, humour and optimism.

Moominpappa at Sea is the eighth novel in the legendary Moomin series. Jansson’s witty and whimsical Moomin characters have captured the imaginations of millions around the world, inspiring movies, TV shows and theme parks, and even the naming of the asteroid, Moomintroll in 1995.

The season begins on January 14 and runs until February 2, with two shows daily at 10am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday (no shows Sundays or Public Holidays).

There are also three special evening performances on January 18 and 25, and February 1 at 6.30pm. At 45 minutes and suitable for ages five and above, Moominpappa at Sea is a charming and timeless show that will delight and inspire all ages to be more curious about the world around us.

Book online at http://www.sppt.asn.au or by calling 9335 5044.

Roel Loopers

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THE FREO YEAR WE HAD IN PHOTOS

 

 

 

There is not much happening in Fremantle during the Christmas and New Year period, with politics on hold, so I decided to review the year through photos I published on Freo’s View in 2018. Enjoy!

Roel Loopers

and also as a slide show:

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PANTS DOWN FOR SEXUAL RESEARCH AT FREO’S FALLS DOWNTOWN

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, culture, entertainment, festival, health, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2018

 

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Visitors to next year’s Fremantle Falls Downtown festival will be offered high-class toilets, if they agree to take a test for sexually transmitted infections.

The WA State Government is offering the free test because of a significant increase in cases of chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

More that 16,000 young people are expected to come to Freo for the two-day festival on January 5 and 6, so the State Government wanted to target the 16-24 year-old, which is the group with the highest reports of chlamydia.

The Department of Health is sponsoring the Falls Festival with $ 50,000.

Roel Loopers

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ROSS POTTER OPEN STUDIO AT J SHED

 

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Fremantle J Shed artist ROSS POTTER will have an OPEN STUDIO this coming Friday, December 14 from 5-8pm.

Go and have a look at the excellent photorealistic drawings Ross patiently creates over many weeks and even months.

Currently he is doing a life-size drawing of Perth Zoo elephant Tricia.

J Shed is at Fleet Street, just on your way out to the South Mole.

Roel Loopers

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WHAT A LOOKER OF A PHOTO EXHIBITION

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, kidogo arthouse, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2018

 

Photo- Elizabeth Looker

 

There is quite a beautiful and sensual photo exhibition on at Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach that is well worth viewing.

Elizabeth Looker‘s The Spirit and the Flesh are moody, dark, long exposure photos of a female dancer, creating a sense of motion and emotion.

Looker’s photo Life Dancers won the Australian National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016, and she is also one of the finalists for the 2019 NPPP.

The photos for the Fremantle show were taken in Sweden, where Looker worked as an artist in residence at Konstepidemin.

The exhibition is only on for a few more days, so go and have a look this weekend!

Roel Loopers

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BRILLIANT FRANKENSTONE AT FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE

 

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The FRANKENSTONE production by Genrefonix in the Fremantle Roundhouse last night was brilliant! I was expecting it to be good because the team had spent so much time on it, but I did not expect it to be so professional.

The setting in Western Australia’s oldest public building was perfect for it, especially the old-style Black&White silent movie, that also features Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt. Very good cinema-photography!

Great music and acting. I am so glad I saw it.

What a great place the under-utilised Roundhouse is in the evening for plays, events, projections, concerts, functions, etc. This is how we can help activate Arthur’s Head, Fremantle Council!

There are still two shows on this Saturday at 7.15 and 8.15pm and they start at the Old Custom House building from where everyone walks over to the Roundhouse following the bagpipe piper.

It is a fundraising event for the Fremantle Roundhouse, which had four volunteer guides present on the night.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, entertainment, music, Uncategorized by freoview on November 30, 2018

 

 

The FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL is on this Saturday December 1 from 1.30 pm in Princess May Park, Clancy’s Fish Pub and DADAA.

You can check out the line up above on the poster or go to the FFF website or Facebook page for more information and ticket sales.

It is a family friendly event with activities for the kids, so no excuses for parents to stay at home. Just bring the kids!

It is going to be a gorgeous day, sp perfect for a day in the secluded park opposite the Basilica.

Roel Loopers

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FRANKENSTONE IN FREO ROUNDHOUSE TONIGHT

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, entertainment, heritage, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on November 30, 2018

 

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The day has finally arrived! FRANKENSTONE is on tonight and tomorrow night in the Fremantle Roundhouse. There are two shows each night, so only four in total, so don’t miss it!

Expect the unexpected, along with fresh Freo-Frankstein film sequences, rocking live music, chilling soundscapes, true facts and reimagined fiction, and much over the top theatrics!

In the show Roundhouse architect Henry Reveley (1788-1875) is cast as key protagonist in a gothic tale so wild that only WA’s most infamous building could contain in it. Henry’s lifelong bonds with Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, both emotional and intellectual, are exposed through a theatrical retelling of the recorded facts, revealing a contorted sketch of a dark, talented genius – presented, tongue in cheek, as WA’s own Dr Frankenstein……

Henry not only brought the spirit of Shelley’s “novel of ideas” with him from Europe to the Swan River Colony, he co-owned it. He drank from the deep reservoir of radical thinking that Mary’s circle had created through her influential father, mother, husband, friends and acquaintances. He lived, loved and worked in their vortex, his soul trapped, his actions untempered. Like Mary he too was stalked by family secrets, death, sadness and financial worries. Henry escaped however, to establish a remote outpost down under where his program of public works could conceal his true passion for natural philosophy and investigations into animal electricity.

‘Frankenstone’ presents an engaging patchwork of influential thinkers and historical figures, morbidly stitched together to deliver compelling conclusions for the true heritage of Western Australia. WA’s Netflix generation will be thoroughly comforted in the knowledge that a real gothic touchstone lies hidden in plain sight in Fremantle’s West End.

The show begins in the relative serenity and abundant hospitality of the Old Custom’s House Atrium, at 9 Phillimore Street Fremantle, before the audience is led up to the imposing Roundhouse to witness its many secrets unleashed through music and film. At the show’s dramatic conclusion audiences can once again seek refuge in the Atrium and raise a glass to our fallen romantic heroes and villains.

The event is a fundraiser written and produced by Genrefonix in partnership with the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides Association. All proceeds from ‘Frankenstone’ will go to the Fremantle Roundhouse to assist with developing special event resources to bring the venue to life once more.

Date: Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December

Shows: 7.15pm and 8.30pm

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

Tickets: Eventbrite

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