By Claire Ottaviano
A NEW Fringe Show bringing to life the story of Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley and her friend Mary Diana Dods will premiere at the Midland Junction Arts Centre in January.
Playwright and director Suzanne Ingelbrecht’s 2 Marys follows the dramatic decision of Mary Shelley’s friend, Mary Diana Dods’ to pass herself as a man so that she can marry a pregnant mutual friend.
Dods’ act of courage rapidly turns sour as her ‘wife’ begins to turn against her.
Ingelbrecht said she wrote the piece while completing a Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer in Residence earlier this year.
“I’ve always been a lover of unusual stories and this is an unusual true story that happened to Mary Shelly,” she said.
“It’s a transgressive tail, it tells the story of how this friend of Mary Shelly’s was incredibly brave to become a man so she could marry a mutual pregnant friend of theirs and really that was incredibly brave at that time.”
Ingelbrecht is a professional playwright, director and performance maker based in Perth.
She said her latest work, described as a 19th century cross-gendered tale, would resonate with today’s audiences.
“It covers issues of gender, inclusion, abandonment, those are very pertinent themes for us and society today,” she said.
This theatrical gothic romance rich in Frankenstein imagery and high drama will show between January 14 and January 16, 2022, for a total of four Fringe World shows.