FRINGE WOLRD is right around the corner and we cannot contain our excitement! Everybody is keen to get their Fringe Binge on straight away – Perth is absolutely buzzing on opening weekend.
There are stacks of shows to catch in the first few days of the Festival – but don’t be overwhelmed. Here is a guide to help you get your Fringe Binge on immediately and start making awesome Fringe memories!
1. Free and fun stuff with the Kids
FRINGE WORLD family-friendly hot spot The Woodside Pleasure Garden is brimming with free and ticketed shows that are great for all ages including Festival fave Silent Disco that lets you boogie on down for free to huge hits.
Bring a towel, some sunscreen and cool down during the day while making a splash with the free FRINGE WORLD MERMAIDS in the popular Splash Zone, where all the “cool” kids hang out.
Stick around for Trash Test Dummies – an award-wining circus show with a side-splitting slapstick routine that takes household wheelie bins to new heights. Prepare for a dump truck full of hilarity! This show definitely does not stink.
2. A show in a Spiegeltent
Over at the De Parel Spiegeltent, you can see Ellen DeGeneres approved Christina Bianco in her show Me, Myself and Everyone Else, whose uncanny divas impersonations took the internet by storm, or a musical theatre inspired by a local spud icon with Tony Galati: The Musical.
There is plenty of eye candy and astonishing acrobatics in The West Australian Spiegeltent! Say “Howdy!” to the stars of the western themed circus spectacular Railed or get blushing with the naked acrobatics at Circus’Cision.
Just a hop, skip and jump away in Yagan Square is the Edith Spiegeltent, where you can get sneaky and cheeky right off the bat with the WA-made Sinsuality: 4Play or Moulin Rouge and Frank Sinatra love child Glamourpuss.
3. See something in the ‘burbs
Take the fam to our picturesque coastline and help kick off Sunset Veranda, the 30-day showcase of free and affordable events perched near one of Perth’s best beaches in Scarborough.
Introduce the ankle-biters to some theatre in Subiaco with musical/comedy Maisie, which tells the daring tale of Princesses, Princes, Witches, and posteriors. This is a musical comedy for all the family to enjoy that will leave you laughing.
Catch comedians go head to head with rappers in Midland in the high pace improv show Comedians Vs Rappers, or pop into the theatre for Plastic Planet, which deals with the plastic pollution of our oceans.
4. A Homegrown Hero
WA artists make up almost half the Fringe program, so this is a great time to get out and support local talent! Catch rioting queers The Real Housewives of Northbridge, who have survived the apocalypse, like cockroaches with lipstick.
After a sell-out FRINGE WORLD run in 2018 and packed out performances around WA, The Motherhood: Surviving The Circus is back with a bunch of stand-up comedian mums to leave us in stitches.
Go under with comedy hypnotist Matt Hale and his new show Feelgood Factory. He will get you to do some silly things under his influence – but it is all in good fun. And he promises not to make you cluck like a chook!
5. Some wild circus
Things can get wild during FRINGE WORLD opening weekend – so don’t miss out on the action! Idris Stanton – Wham Glam Circus Man is a rock and roll extravaganza featuring death defying circus stunts and side-splitting comedy.
Cult late night variety show Club Briefs brings the debaucherous disco after party thrills; a cavalcade of world-class, hand selected cabaret and circus artists deliver an overdose of satisfaction and dance floor smashes.
Unique circus skills? Check. Breathtaking aerial manoeuvres? Check. Le Aerial is back in Perth! Be drawn in and left gasping in awe of this spectacular display of aerial grace.
6. Incredible theatre
Shift gears with some theatre and catch the world premiere of the hilarious show The Chook House about five ‘would be’ friends in rural Australia, from FRINGE WORLD 2018 Theatre Award winner Jane Hille.
Be constantly surprised by the unpredictable Manwatching, which has no rehearsal, no preparation and is a no holds barred show that tackles sex and sexual politics.
You will want to come back again and again for 4X4X4 – each night across Fringe is a different show by the same team. A fascinating series by talented local artists at The Actors’ Hub.
7. Comedy Lols
If you are up for some big LOL moments this Fringe (who isn’t?!), make sure you see the hilarious multi award-winning comedian Damien Power in his new show Man Puts His Dreams In A Sock.
Keeps the laughs going all opening weekend with the brief but worth every second Jesus’ Miracle Lab, where you’ll experience the best thing of your life again within a minute. Maybe go more than once!
See some edgy Ventriloquism as part of the start of your Fringe experience in 2019 with Puppet Guy, featuring double Emmy nominated South African comedian Conrad Koch who mixes political satire with innovative puppets.
Click here to view all the shows that will be on during opening weekend.
Cover image: Photo of FRINGE WORLD MERMAIDS. Photo by: Naomi Reed.