Fringe World 2016: my top picks

It’s almost here! Following the official launch this morning, Fringe World Festival is returning to Perth for 2016, bringing with it exciting venues, amazing artists, and perfect summer vibes.

From 22 January to 21 February, the City of Perth will come alive and make you realise just how great P-town can be. As the THIRD LARGEST Fringe event in the world, there are a tonne of brilliant ticketed and free events on offer.

So make your way to one of the buzzing Fringe hubs – the Pleasure Garden, Perth Cultural Centre and Noodle Palace are my faves – grab a drink and a bite to eat, soak up the chilled atmosphere and catch one of these shows – you’ll be glad you did!

El Bizarro (18+, 12 Feb – 20 Feb)

One of my favourite shows from 2015 is back this year with a new collection of acts. Think sideshow acts, human oddities and variety superstars – the perfect mix of glamour and the bizarre, the weird and the wonderful, and a celebration of the darker side of performance. Loads of fun with just the right amount of shock and awe, make sure you head to the late-night shows if you want to see local favourites Circus Carnis.

Frisky and Mannish: CabaRIOT (15+, 2 Feb – 9 Feb)

I never fail to recommend Frisky and Mannish because they never fail to impress. With fun musical mashups, hilarious satire and cheeky medleys, this dynamic and dazzling duo consistently hit the mark when it comes to pop music that fizzes with energy and excitement. With CabaRIOT they promise fire in the disco, blood on the dancefloor and super-hot-sparkly-rage in their hearts – I can’t wait!

EastEnd Cabaret: Perverts (15+, 26 Jan – 31 Jan)

This gin-loving, scandalous duo serve up hilarious musical comedy sure to make you blush. Self-proclaimed ‘professional perverts’ Bernie and Victy are back with their unique brand of risqué, raucous and gin-soaked melodies that, I’m sure you’ll agree, are delightfully filthy. This is one of those shows where the audience always has a story to tell after they’ve seen it, so make sure you don’t miss out – who knows, maybe you’ll even get your face licked!

Hot Patootie (15+, 28 Jan – 3 Feb)

Yay Clara Cupcakes! This former Perth-darling and current Melbournite is an infectiously fun, playful, hilarious, clever, witty and sweet singing and dancing queen. Hot Patootie is a choose-your-own-adventure cacophony of contained chaos that will put her fate in your hands. I think it’ll be perfect for a girls’ night out.

Briefs (15+, 2 Feb – 14 Feb)

Get ready for a glittery explosion of glamorous, riotous boylesque, eye-popping acrobatics and fabulous vaudeville from the international masters of mischief. They’ve had sell-out runs in Perth before and now that the all trash brat-pack are back the only thing to expect is the unexpected. Can’t get enough? Check out Club Briefs – the late night version that’s full of mischief and mayhem.

Mache – A Drag Performance Showcase (18+, 22 Jan)

Mache is on for one night only, showcasing the many sides of the drag performance spectrum – including the stuff that we never even knew existed. Taking the art out of gay clubs and onto the Fringe World stage are some of Perth’s best drag talents – including Ginava, Katya Kokov, Vaboux, Flo Reel, Donna Kebab, Perri Oxide, Ana Falacksis, Rachel Discrimination and special guest Karen from Finance. DO NOT MISS THIS!

Cut Throat Cabaret (18+, 9 Feb – 14 Feb)

Every night throughout its run, Cut Throat Cabaret will present a different mix of local, national and international acts ranging from circus and magic to comedy and burlesque. This is off kilter, eclectic entertainment at its best and the line-up includes some of Fringe’s favourite names – think Sugar Du Joure, Jon Madd, Elle Diablo, Ginger Rabbit, Monet Petite and Mr Gorski, just to name a few!

Gillian Cosgriff – To the Moon and Back (15+, 3 Feb – 13 Feb, 18 Feb – 20 Feb)

She’s had two sold-out seasons at Fringe World, and it’s not hard to see why. Gillian Cosgriff’s unique brand of musical comedy is infinitely relatable and likeable, and you’ll find yourself humming her songs for days after the show.  To the Moon and Back explores Gillian’s fears about the future and how, rather than seeing the exciting possibilities, all she can think about is the impending doom of the probable apocalypse. Tell me about it, girl!

Limbo (15+, 30 Jan – 6 Mar)

Limbo is THE show everyone will be seeing this year, so it’s a good thing it has an extended run all the way through to March. Think circus-cabarets acts like contortion, sword-swallowing, aerial acrobatics, pole dancing, clowning and illusions, a celebration of otherworldly proportions. Sure to impress with dazzling music and high production values, it’ll have you on the edge of your seat.

Le Gateau Chocolat – Icons (G, 22 Jan – 31 Jan)

Festival-favourite, London-born Nigerian Le Gateau Chocolat walks the tightrope between public and private personas to explore the relationships we have with our icons, based on his own experience as a cabaret artist and drag performer. Featuring an eclectic mix of music ranging from Kate Bush to Elvis, this is sure to be a truly unique performance that promises to all at once be honest, moving, vulnerable and powerful.

Baby Got Back (18+, 17 Feb – 21 Feb)

Fresh from Melbourne after a sell-out 2015 Fringe season, Baby Got Back is a celebration of boo-tay, a joyASS tribute to the toosh, a dedication to the derriere…OK, I’ll stop! This all-female variety spectacle lead by dancers, comedians, puppeteers, comedians, vaudevillians and shogirls combines dance, projection mashups and remixed soundscapes, and burlesque shakedowns – your mind will be blown!

La Soiree (18+, 22 Jan – 6 Mar)

Last year’s hit is back and sure to get Perth talking, again. Be amazed, amused, appalled, aroused, shocked, stirred and shaken by this funny, dangerous and sexy cabaret and variety feast. Promising passion, heat, unparalleled style and old-fashioned showmanship, trust me when I say you won’t want to miss this one.

Pants! (And Other Things) (15+, 6 Feb – 10 Feb)

Lexie McGee is the queen of silly faces and flailing limbs, and she’s drawn on the very best of her experiences in children’s pantomime and burlesque to bring together this musical delight. I’m really excited to see her debut show – she’ll be singing the songs of her people in a celebration of magical creatures and gender diversity, dancing like everybody is watching in a carnie-fuelled cabaret unlike any other, bombarding the audience with both fits of laughter awhile lovingly assaulting our emotions. I’m going to call it as one of the funnest shows this Fringe.

Whew, what a list – don’t even get me started on all the other goodies that make Fringe World totally unmissable, like the mermaids, Curtin Garden Library, Doorway Cabaret presented by crowd-favourite Dado, the Get Lost Maze, food stalls, night markets and the Urban Roller Club.

So head to the Fringe World website to start planning your month of awesome.

 

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