The FRINGE WORLD 2019 program is so chockers with amazing events that you’re probably feeling overwhelmed with all the goodness.
Don’t fret, because we’ve done the hard work for you! We’ve checked out all 700 shows in the program and whittled it down to this list of our top 10 (so far…).
1. Local heroes
Tony Galati the Musical
Bet you never thought you would see a stage musical based on the life of Perthonality Tony Galati. We didn’t either! That is the beauty of Fringe – you always get the unexpected. The celebrity farmer of Spudshed fame is the inspiration for Tony Galati the Musical which is sure to be a s-mash hit with locals.
2. Just for laughs
Matt Hale’s Feelgood Factory
Audiences can’t get enough of Perth hypnotist Matt Hale – and neither can we! He is back to mark Fringe yet again with his hilarious take on hypnotism (no swinging pocket watches!) with Feelgood Factory. Taking part on stage is half the fun – but you will have to beat us to it!
3. Dance fusion
If you missed FRINGE WORLD award winning Indigenous dance sensation Djuki Mala last time, make them top of your must-see list! We will be first in line to catch the encore performance of the infectious, high energy dance group that fuses traditional dance and pop culture.
4. Kids get crafty
Build a Bug – Busy Bees
We are big kids at heart so we are buzzing over the brand-new State Library Discovery Zone which comes to Fringe for the first time. WA Museum will offer kiddies the chance to create a new bug species with Build a bug – Busy Bees.
5. Cheeky burlesque
Award-winning, rave reviews across the board and sold out shows? Sign us up for Rouge, a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque.
6. Wet your appetite
Bring your swimsuit and goggles for a Fringe show like no other. Dive in to an otherworldly sound experience where the water surface becomes a threshold between different music and entirely different listening experiences.
7. Tug the heartstrings
Bring a handful of tissues to this tear-jerker. A moving story with interspersed song about a young Aboriginal featherweight champion’s poignant journey from rags to riches and back again. Never before seen in WA!
8. Grammy winning entertainer
Lucky Oceans and Jessie Gordon Present: The Piano Has Been Drinking
Here is your chance see a Grammy award-winner perform! Guitarist Lucky Oceans and his team of vagabonds bring an evening of raucous barrelhouse blues. Featuring Spirit of Fringe winner and jazz/blues vocalist Jessie Gordon alongside pianist Paul Gioia and guitarist Bill Lawrie of Tin Dog fame.
9. Get spellbound
Deceptive Delights with Stuart Lightbody
We have a feeling we will be saying “how did he do that?” for days after award-winning magician Stuart Lightbody delves into a world of impossible wonders and unexpected adventures.
10. Hot stuff
Things are heating up with anticipation for the WA debut of Carnal Fuego. The award-winning show is set to dazzle Perth audiences with daredevil stunts, fire effects and other scorching surprises.
Cover image: photo of David Callinan in Swing Man. Photo by Alex Mansour.