FRINGE WORLD loves to entertain, but it also loves to ensure that everyone can learn something new along the way while having fun.
Scitech, through support from Inspiring Australia, and FRINGE WORLD have partnered for the 2019 Festival to present the FRINGE WORLD Festival and Inspiring Australia WA Science-Arts Grant.
The partnership has resulted in 10 shows that feature STEM programming (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) receiving grants for their 2019 FRINGE WORLD season.
The following 10 shows (that’s huge!) were the 2019 winners and promise scientific facts amidst the fun and frivolity. Learning while having fun is the best way to do it!
1. Parasites Lost by Alanta Colley
Alanta Colley’s has a lot of personal experience with parasites. After travelling to remote locations around the world delivering health education, she has picked up a fair few of the microscopic critters. Yikes!
Come on an adventure across the world – and through Alanta’s intestine! – and learn about the world’s cheekiest micro-organisms.
2. Material Matters
The blurb for this shows instructs us to “grab a drink, sit back and get educated” – sign us up immediately! Tina Zhang loves to talk about science. In fact, she tends to talk about it more than actually doing it.
Take an interactive and irreverent jaunt with this qualified engineer through science history from the Stone Age to the Age of Plastic and see how the materials we use shape our world.
3. BitLit: Machine Poetry Corner
The human mind can come up with some beautiful artistic poetry and amazing stories – but can a machine do it better? BitLit raises an intriguing question with this little experiment.
A Frankenstein birthed from the Perth Machine Learning Group challenges FRINGE WORLD patrons to a duel of words. Use your literary skills and do your best to outsmart this ARTificial intelligence.
4. Opposites Attract
No, not a wacky ode to the Paula Abdul hit song from the 80s. (Though we would love to see that too!) This depicts the opposition between Atomic Silver and Gold Fusion, from their look to their approach to scientific research.
Can this odd couple reconcile their differences and join forces to discover the truth about the attraction of opposites in this blend of science experiments, comedy and dance? We can’t wait to find out!
5. Polar Force
We think Polar Force will be a super “cool” experience! A hyper-realistic sound adventure to the Antarctic hidden in an inflatable performance installation. Nice!
Explore notions of human fragility and isolation in this multi-sensorial world of sound, wind and light, with Antarctic field recordings and ice instruments.
6. 450 Years
Time to face some disturbing facts about plastic but in a fun way with compelling a story told through circus, acrobatics and comedy. This will be a thought-provoking show.
Worldwide, 2 million plastic bags are used every minute. And it takes 450 years for plastic to break down. Disturbing stuff. Kinetica imagines a future world where plastic pollution has taken over and rules our everyday existence.
7. Wacky Magic and Mad Science
If you saw last Festival’s A Fabulous Teleporation Experiment, you will love this one. Wacky Magic and Mad Science is a follow on but is bigger, better and has brand-new levels of madness!
Part magic and illusion, part science but kids will be having so much fun they won’t even realise they are learning. Bonus!
8. Where Is My Penis Bone?
Definitely leave the kids at home for this 18+ only learning curve all about doodles! We think the giggle fits will hit hard with this one.
Kirsten Flint will make your brain stiff with knowledge as she uses science to explain why the sex you’re having is just plain average, why it’s not really your fault. And why boners are boneless.
9. Number 16
This is a story of the last few days of a 43-year-old spider who died from a wasp sting in 2018 and took the world by storm. This is Number 16 and this is her story.
A one-woman show from the point of view of the spider, starring Andrea Gibbs and written by Finn O’Branagain is not for arachnophobes!
10. One Sky Many Stories
This looks like it is will be a magical experience as you explore western and indigenous astronomy with a combination of stories and music from the sky.
One of the country’s most prolific indigenous songwriters, Warren H. Williams, joins the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble, combining music and film for a memorable show.
Cover image: Photo of Wacky Magic and Mad Science. Photo by PUA Photography.