It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year – Fringe World Festival!
From January 24 to February 23, Fringe is back bigger and better in its third year, with a staggering 450 shows at more than 60 venues in Perth city and surrounds. Fringe invites you to take a chance on daring performances and allow yourself to be mesmerised, making the most of the long summer nights and exploring the city anew.
I had a fabulous time at Fringe last year (you can check out some of my reviews here) and thought I’d share some of my top picks for 2014. So sit back with a cool glass of summer cider, feast your eyes on the fabulous offerings and get ready to purchase your tickets.
EastEnd Cabaret: Dirty Talk (Rated 15+)
After taking Perth by storm at Fringe World 2013, the award winning, internationally-acclaimed musical comedy duo EastEnd Cabaret are back with their hotly-anticipated new show, Dirty Talk! After last year’s sold-out show experimented with ping pong ball manipulation and deflowering virgins, this year will see EastEnd Cabaret delving into their strangest and sauciest misadventures ever, armed with an accordion, a gallon or two of duty-free gin, and a life-sized plastic lobster. Fresh from a sell-out season at Edinburgh Fringe 2013, the double act described as “a high-powered feminine Flight of the Conchords dipped in acid and drenched in smut” (Crikey.com.au) are unashamedly filthy, unforgettably funny and utterly unmissable.
Trixie & Monkey’s Bottoms Up Circus (Rated 18+)
Professional NYC nightlife crazies, Trixie and Monkey return with an
outrageous new circus show! Trixie Little is a strong, bendy, burlesque
beauty who flips and strips with wild abandon. The Evil Hate Monkey is a
hairy boylesque force of nature who literally swings from the rafters.
Together, they are playfully subversive duo who have pioneered an original style of comic cabaret-erotique. Featuring daredevil trapeze trickery, wiggles-n-jiggles from the Cooch Tent, a singing-and-dancing Monkey, a live Mermaid and trained fleas! For this talented twosome, no feat is too high, no depth is too low and no Monkey ever goes un-spanked. Bottoms up, indeed!
La Belle Epoque (Rated 18+)
Ooh La Belle Époque! The year is 1889, the Moulin Rouge has just opened its doors and the Folies Bergère is at the height of its fame and popularity. Toulouse-Lautrec is creating his iconic Parisian poster art, the Eiffel Tower has just been completed for the World’s Fair, and Absinthe inspired artists bring Art Nouveau to the people of France! After consistently sold out shows, Sugar Blue Burlesque will immerse you in the splendour, opulence, and cheekiness of Paris at the turn on the 20th century with gorgeous burlesque, cabaret, and comedy. Reminiscent of the first half of the 20th century through to the 1960’s, Sugar Blue presents a unique blend of classic burlesque and elaborate vintage costumes, with authentic vintage dances, circus, comedy, music, and crowd pleasing theatricality!
Oh Crumbs! (Rated 18+)
Milk & Cookies love each other. It’s indisputable. It’s a fact of life. It’s delicious. Burlesque juggernauts Miss Jane and Clara Cupcakes are serving up a vaudevillian ode to this perfect pairing in their debut show, Oh Crumbs! From synchronized swimming baked goods to can-canning cows to answering the age old question of just how many boys can one fit in ones yard, Oh Crumbs! is a veritable feast of variety guaranteed to leave you feeling full. Ingredients include dance, burlesque, cabaret, music and comedy, lovingly prepared with 1920s flair by two of Australia’s top burlesque and cabaret entertainers. It’s a recipe for joyous nincompoopery and nonsensical fun times. Come join us in our kitsch-en and twist, lick, dunk your way into the sweet and silly world of Milk & Cookies. Prepare yourself for the sugar rush!
Briefs: The Second Coming (Rated 18+)
Fresh from glitter-bombing the globe, the award winning trouble makers are back with a brand spankin’ new show. The all male, all vaudeville, all trash brat-pack are in lock-down ready to unleash The Second Coming: a disorderly, circus infused Briefs-boysfeast of new tricks, new wigs, new boys, new feathers and a new addictive sound track.
Comic Strip (Rated 18+)
The sell out smash hit of last years festival returns to Perth with a brand new bevy of beauties and brilliant comedians. International superstar Polly Rae (UK) returns with all new acts and Kitty Bang Bang (UK) makes her Fringe World Debut. Each night features a new line up of guest comedians and burlesque acts. Comic Strip is the perfect way to top off a night out at the Fringe, grab a drink from our private bar settle in and let us take care of the rest. Its a little pinch of Paris and a blast of New Orleans.
Your Body as the Temple (Rated 15+)
Enter a gallery of the human body as art. Humanity’s oldest artform and most enduring canvas is its own body. Circus Carnis presents a mixed media artspace dedicated to our desire to change, modify, beautify and own our body. Featuring both the ancient and the modern body modification rites that we have practiced since the earliest times. Featuring live performance, photographs and projections of our collective beautified humanity.
The League of Sideshow Superstars (Rated 15+)
After 5 years of being the biggest night at the Melbourne Fringe and the hottest ticket at the Adelaide Fringe, The League of Sideshow Superstars finally arrive in Perth for 9 shows only. Taking inspiration from the glory days of the travelling freakshow and pushing boldly into the unexplored future of sideshow art The League of Sideshow Superstars is more of a superhuman event than a show. It’s a journey into an exciting and bizzarre world, full of sexy high skill circus and hardcore high impact sideshow. The League of Sideshow Superstars will have you jumping in your seat and screaming for more. With new and innovative stunts, a cast of Superstars and a sound track of mashed up bigbeat tunes this really is a sideshow party and you are all invited. Be brave challenge yourself and we guarantee you be part of something you’ll remember for a long long time.
This. Is. Boylesque! (Rated 15+)
Last year, they brought you the most riDICKulous two-man show with the Aardvark Variety Hour. This year, your favourite Slanty-eyed duo are back to bring you the cream of boylesque. Mr Boylesque Western Australia 2012, the Astonishing Johnny Domino, and Mr Boylesque Western Australia 2013, the Enigmatic Eccentric Jon Madd come together with their award winning friends from all across the world, to bring you an hour of boys, boys, and more boys. With different special guests every night, you never know what you’re going to get, but you can bet they’ll be the best of boylesque!
4 Stuntmen of the Apocalypse (Rated 15+)
The most dangerous show in the entire Fringe World. Four circus freaks put their bodies and souls on the line. Featuring Strongman The Astonishing Johnny Domino, Circus Carnis’ pain man Todd, The Samurai Kaneda Cruz and The Enigmatic Eccentric magician Jon Madd. By special arrangement at the request and express desire of a very large number of influential patrons and friends, The Astonishing Johnny Domino (member of the 2013 Fringe World Awards best circus ‘Briefs’), has gathered together the most eclectic group of oddities ever brought to Perth. Marvel as they disregard their own personal safety and well being for your entertainment.
Dark Cabaret (Rated 18+)
A dark menagerie of theatrical oddities parade out each evening – all set to the beautiful horns of live jazz. See some of Perth’s most dynamic performing artists explore their dark side – ‘human pin cushion’ freak show stunts, fire show, burlesque beauties, soulful drag, twisted magic and gravity defying aerial feats.
So what do we think lovelies? Will I run into any of you at the Urban Orchid or the Pleasure Garden? If you see any of these shows, I’ love to hear what you think of them!
Feature image by Compose Photography