Fringe World 2018: My top picks

It’s time to say goodbye to boring and hello to Fringe World Festival 2018! There is already a buzz of excitement in the air, as Perth gets ready to treat you to world-class performances from 26th January until 25th February.

Fringe World is one of the most anticipated arts and cultural events on WA’s calendar – and so it should be, considering it’s now the third biggest Fringe Festival in the world with more than 750 shows across 130 venues.

This year some of my favourites are back with new shows, the best venues are at it again, and there are a few new thigs thrown into the mix – like Noodle Palace moving from its iconic spot in Northbridge to Elizabeth Quay; the super fun Ice Cream Factory just down the road from the Pleasure Garden; the Showman’s Fair at the Urban Orchid in Fringe Central (a Dutch mini-festival with live performances and a long-table dining experience); and more hubs and venues opening up around the outer-suburbs to make Fringe even more accessible.

So, where do you even start when it comes to deciding which of the 750 shows to see? With my top picks, of course!

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The Eisteddfod review + Coma Land giveaway

Thanks to Black Swan State Theatre Company, I have a double pass to giveaway to their latest production, Coma Land, on Thursday 20 July 8:00pm in the Studio Underground of the State Theatre Centre. More details on how to win below!

The Eisteddfod

Descend into the Studio Underground at the State Centre Theatre of WA and enter the bizarre, darkly funny and confronting world of Melbourne playwright Lally Katz’s The Eisteddfod.

After brother and sister Gerture and Abalone are left orphaned following a ‘pruning accident’, the pair retreat into their own world, agoraphobic, starved of human interaction and clinging to each other with both hope and resentment.

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The Eisteddfod at the State Theatre Centre + WIN TICKETS

When I was in high school, I dreamed of becoming an actor. I loved the spectacle of it, the ability to be another character, to step outside of my introvert self and explore the endless possibilities acting offered. I took drama classes at school and did OK – my teacher’s wouldn’t have said I was destined to be a star but I wasn’t terrible either. I even thought about going to WAAPA, but somewhere along the line I realised I liked the stories more than the acting and got into writing instead.

But there is something still so undeniably exciting about theatre, whether it’s a world class or an amateur production, it just ignites that sense of possibility within me. That’s why I am so excited to be running a competition to give away a double pass to see The Esiteddfod at the State Theatre Centre to share the magic of performance. Keep reading for more details on how to enter!

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So You Think You’re Charlie Smith review

How much of what we see on reality television is actually real? We all know that there’s more to ‘reality’ than what we see on the screen, but we still need to question whether situations are contrived, if outcomes have been manipulated, and how the raw footage has been edited to create entertainment.

These issues are under the spotlight in the theatrical work So You Think You’re Charlie Smith.

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