The Fringe World program for 2016 is, once again, MASSIVE. And we love that! Perth’s own Fringe festival has become so vast and world renowned, it is attracting acts from all over the globe and creating opportunities for local performers to get their work out there. But if you find the program a little overwhelming and you want some help identifying some unmissable shows, then read on for our guide to the best of Fringe World 2016. We’d love to hear what you are most looking forward to seeing, too!
At Fringe World 2015, La Soirée was THE must see show of the season, so we are pretty excited that it is back in 2016! Fresh from an Olivier Award-winning season in London and world tour, La Soirée returns to Perth with its hottest line-up yet, showcasing the crème de la crème of the cabaret world. It’s showing in the La Soirée Spiegeltent, which will be set up in Museum Gardens in the Perth Cultural Centre, from 22 January to 6 March. Head here for tickets.
Bret Pfister, photo by Olivia Rutherford.
Headlining the new Fringe hub at Elizabeth Quay is another cabaret/circus show called Limbo, and similarly it has a long season – from 30 January to 6 March. Described as a ‘dirty, dangerous circus-cabaret’, you can expect illusion, acrobatics and contortion. Head here for tickets.
The Lounge Room Confabulators
The first thing I booked in for! Here’s the deal – one $330 ticket gets you a Fringe show in your own living room, for you and up to 10 friends (you can buy more tickets if you have extra guests.) Stuart Bowden and Wil Greenway will bring a suitcase filled with stories to entertain you. Head here to book one of the 5 dates.
Image by Claire Fox.
Perth Cabaret Collective: Blues in the Night
WA’s Jessie Gordon is performing in a stack of Fringe shows, so many that I’ve lost count! She’s an amazing singer and performer and any show with her in it is well worth going to see. As part of the Perth Cabaret Collective, Jessie fronts this 10 piece jazz ensemble that will perform this fun night of blues at The Ellington Jazz Club. They will be performing nightly between 22-24 January, and you can get tickets here.
The Road that Wasn’t There
It’s a tricky thing to make a show entertaining for children and adults alike, but New Zealand’s Trick of the Light Theatre Company are the masters.
In New Zealand there are some 56,000 kilometres of paper roads – streets and towns that exist only on surveyors’ maps. Or do they? In this theatre show, aimed at kids of 10 years and over, a young woman strays from the beaten track and finds herself in a paper town. It seems a land of possibility, but she soon discovers that actions taken in the fictional world can have frighteningly real consequences. Told by three actors and fifty-three puppets, the show also features shadow play, live music and a score by award-winning composer Tane Upjohn-Beatson. Showing at the Blue Room Theatre Studio from 27-30 January and 2-6 February from 6-7pm each night. Head here for tickets.
Stranger Danger Feast
Would you go to dinner with a group of question marks? Each one a potential best friend, passable acquaintance, or possible murderer? Guests will be presented with a drink on arrival, then find themselves torn from the loving arms of friends and partners, to be seated at a table of strangers. Interesting conversations, a four-course shared meal, and a few surprises will ensue. Be brave – it’s just dinner. Head here to book.
It has been 10 years since Celia Paquola delivered her first stand-up show – this hilarious woman has been in the business a long time. But you might know her better as Nat from Utopia on ABC TV, or Ange from Offspring. Her Fringe World stand-up show promises to be a great one, and is taking place nightly from 16-20 February with tickets available here.
The Great Ridolphi
Twelve years after the death of his father, Victor O’Meara is visited by detectives inquiring on the whereabouts of a missing Francesco Goya masterpiece. Propelled by obscure items left to him, Victor seeks to uncover the truth behind his father’s involvement with one of the greatest art heists of the century. This new theatre work has been put together by a formidable team: actor Steve Turner (Dinner, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Streetcar Named Desire), writer Chris Isaacs (Flood, FAG/STAG, Old Love), and director Adam Mitchell (Next to Normal, When The Rain Stops Falling, Death Of A Salesman).
Catch it at the Blue Room Theatre at 930pm nightly between 9-13 and 16-20 February. Head here for tickets.
The Epic enjoyed a sell-out season at the Blue Room Theatre in 2015, so don’t miss your chance to see this excellent piece of local theatre. Finn O’Branagain and Scott Sandwich retell some of the most badass stories from around the world – tearing apart myths and epic tales in a way you’ve never heard before. Showing from 27-30 January with tickets available here.
In this gig at the Odd Fellow in Freo, 7 solo artists will play one song at a time over two rotating stages. Each artist becomes the headline act for a 5 minute period, playing to a captivated audience, before another act starts. To finish the night off, a local band will entertain you into the wee hours. Head here for tickets.
Local writer and artist SJ Finch has been living in a yurt called Grr for the last 9 months, staying in various residences around Perth. During Fringe he will be setting up camp at the Blue Room Theatre and hosting a series of shows in his home. We’ll be talking to SJ in the coming week, but you can check out the schedule and book tickets here.
SJ Finch’s Yurt, Grr, photo by Kristinn Hermanniusson.
Presented by OnWilliam is this street festival celebrating the diversity and creativity of Northbridge! Street stalls, workshops, exhibitions, pop up stores and more will fill William Street, its laneways and local stores for one day only. Interact, explore and discover new things you never knew about the area.
It’s free to explore. There might be some paid events that you come across – workshops and the like. Keep an eye on the OnWilliam website for the program to be released, and make a day of it!
Menagerie Choir: Sounds Like Teen Spirit
Menagerie is Perth’s indie choir, and they put on absolutely wonderful shows! In their third Fringe World appearance, Sounds Like Teen Spirit, choir members will share their intimate ‘sound bytes of passage’: a unique mix tape of classic songs intrinsically connected to the awkward, wonderful, not-so-wonderful, life-transforming experiences of growing up. Performing at 615pm nightly between 17-21 February. Head here for tickets.
Crap Music Rave Party
Tomás Ford might be the world’s leading expert in crap music, he even wrote us a guest article about the subject. At his famous Crap Music Rave Parties, Tomás plays nothing but crap music, and the crowd goes wild. Good fun guaranteed! Bring along a song request and some comfortable dancing shoes. You can dance at Noodle Palace on 31 January from 7pm, at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on 5 February from 915pm, and at Freo Royale on 6 February from 9pm. Head here for tickets.
Labels promises to be funny, moving and true story about mixed heritage and multiculturalism. It’s about Joe Sellman-Leava’s childhood in rural England in the 90s and uses family stories to examine the differences between curiosity and fear, the words and numbers we stick on each other, and to answer where he’s really from. Showing at 730pm nightly between 2-6 February. Head here for tickets.
Photo by Anna Bruce.
This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Fringe World 2016 program, and you can browse the full range of shows over on their website. Fringe World runs from 22 January to 21 February and offers something for everyone. Get stuck in!