Fringefeed | 23 Jan 2019

Pick PICA This Fringe Festival

There are stacks of activities and shows to see at Fringe Central in the Perth Cultural Centre, but one must-do thing that should be high on your list of Fringe experiences is to swing by Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

You can’t miss the large and striking Heritage building that hosts some of the most acclaimed theatrical work in Perth and they have programmed more amazing shows and events yet again to make your Fringe Binge and awesome experience.

Here are five reasons why you should pop in this Fringe.

1. Polar Force

Enter an inflatable Nissen Hut installation in PICA’s main gallery for Polar Force – a hyper-realistic sound adventure that transports you to the Antarctic through sound, wind and light. This multi-sensorial world has been imaginatively created by Speak Percussion using specially designed new instruments, carefully crafted lighting and temperature control – the coolest art experience this Fringe.

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2. The Talk

Inspired by real-life events, Mish Grigor invites the audience to “become her family” to recreate real discussions about the taboos of sex, sexuality and love. This hilarious twist on the family dinner is participatory theatre at its explicit and unapologetic best. It’s a relatable, emotional and funny account of what happens when you start talking about sex with your family: what ‘the talk’ is, and what it shouldn’t be.

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3. Artist workshops

Aphids co-Director Mish Grigor and Speak Percussion Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti share insights into the creative process and answer questions about their work.
Mish Grigor – Curmudgeons, narcissists and killjoys: a devising workshop – Thursday, 24 January.
Eugene Ughetti – Behind the Scenes of Polar Force – Wednesday, 23 January.

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Turning 30 this year, PICA is the city’s focal point to experience the best of Australian and international visual, performance and interdisciplinary art. PICA creates career-defining moments for artists, life changing experiences for audiences of all ages and critical turning points in the advancement of art forms. 2019’s special program celebrates moments in PICA’s history and sees some key artists return to present work.

5. PICA Bar

PICA Bar is a hive of activity during Fringe for audiences and artists alike. There is a wide selection of beers on-tap, great wines and cocktails and a well-priced menu for snacks or mains. There’s a great al fresco area under the trees and how you always bump into someone you know.


Cover image: Photo of Fringe Central. Photo by Dennis Tan.