What happens when a cabaret anarchist, a contemporary clown and a queer-feminist dramaturg get together to make theatre? Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden is the answer. “The show is an absurd, comedic look at the madness of the world we live in today,” explains Madame Nightshade producer and performer Anna Thomson. A shape-shifting, other-worldly creature named Beatrice takes the form of the titular character, a princess-like assassin, to unearth some of the nasty little secrets we keep buried in our own backyards. Anna promises “grotesque glamour, vegetable manipulation and mess,” which is enough to pique our interest!
With so many free events on during festival season in Perth, the only difficult part is fitting everything into the diary! Immerse yourself in world class art and music, hear big ideas and bedtime stories, celebrate Chinese culture and discover the tiniest zines on the planet – all without spending a dime. We’ve rounded up some highlights so you can spend more time and less money living the festival life.
Georgina Francis, nicknamed ‘Britain’s Biggest Bridezilla’ by the UK press, is using FRINGE WORLD 2018 to rehearse her fairytale wedding 14 times. She explains why she’s using the festival to practise the best day of her life and why you are invited.
Produced by the team that brought us Fringe World sensation La Soirée, Club Swizzle is a new show for Perth audiences, bringing the best in cabaret, circus and comedy. The production, which opened at the Ice Cream Factory in Northbridge last week, is an absolute riot where the pre-show bar becomes the main stage for just under 2 hours of high energy entertainment.
Amy G is one of the Club Swizzle gang. A powerhouse on stage
In the second instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART ONE HERE), we profile the local emerging artists and theatre-makers who are moving on up, along with bold new works that demand our attention. These are some of the festival events the Perth arts industry insiders are looking forward to. Let’s give them a helping hand by showing our support over the coming weeks.
Festival season is our favourite time of year in Perth. With FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 on now until 25 February and the newly rebranded Perth Festival launching next week, our calendar is full to bursting!
How to choose what to see? In the first instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART TWO HERE), we profile some of the unusual and enjoyable arts experiences on offer that explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Perth, Northbridge and Fremantle. This is theatre, storytelling, laughs and thrills – on the move.
You might remember outstanding singer and performer Le Gateau Chocolat from previous Fringe World appearances where he won over our town with his commanding voice and stage presence. This year he has teamed up with friend and drag icon Jonny Woo to present a new show about a shared passion: A Night at the Musicals.
Perth-born, Melbourne-based actor, improviser and cabaret star Louisa Fitzhardinge has a penchant for language: she’s a native English speaker with a BA in German language and a Cert III in Auslan, and she’s a mega grammar nerd. Her show Comma Sutra just enjoyed a sell-out season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and is coming to Fringe World
Comedian Claire Hooper is a Perth girl and she’s back in town this week, staying with her mum and dad and performing her latest stand-up show at Fringe World. Claire is hanging with us today to talk about her Perth, the Perth of the ’80s, a Perth you can’t visit anymore but one that is very close to my own heart. Enjoy!
In just a few years, Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann has gone from bachelor to married to owner of a puppy and now new dad – it’s a lot to take in. Fatherhood has raised many questions and he is not afraid to ask them in his new stand up show The Family Lifeboat, coming to Fringe World this weekend.
Lehmo joins us today with musings on his own childhood.