WITH more than 700 international, nationals and local acts programmed for Fringe World, you could be forgiven for not knowing where to begin planning this year’s Fringe binge.
Thankfully, you have a starting point with the top 20 Fringe World acts we think are going to be worth checking out at the festival from January 18 to February 17.
Tickets at www.fringeworld.com.au.
DALI LAND AND DALI AFTER DARK
Enter the mind of Salvador Dali in an immersive four-level exhibition dedicated to the surrealist master. Featuring over 200 works, the exhibition has also inspired immersive theatrical experience Dali After Dark, a promenade performance by Fringe favourites, Briefs Factory.
Dali Land at Metro City, Northbridge, Dali Land – January 19 to February 17 and Dali After Dark – January 28 to February 17.
LA SOIRÉE returns – reimagined, bigger and bolder than ever! The trailblazing, multi-award-winning show that broke all the rules, captured the world’s imagination and redefined contemporary cabaret takes up residence this summer at the iconic Ice Cream Factory from January 17.
BLANC DE BLANC
BLANC de BLANC returns to Perth with the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, serving a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate and delight.
The Pear Tree, Perth, January 18 to March 2.
The Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm presents their internationally-acclaimed production fusing traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling with a hefty dose of heart and soul.
The West Australian Spiegeltent, The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge, January 18 to February 17.
TONY GALATI THE MUSICAL
Written by Dan Debuf with music by Caleb Garfinkel, this highly nutritious yet competitively priced musical is inspired by the life and triumphs of Perth’s Spud Shed magnate Tony Galati. It is being called the ‘Hamilton’ of the fresh produce aisle.
De Parel Spiegeltent, The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge, February 12 to 17.
The kings of narrative circus are back, following last year’s hit Elixir, with an all-new acrobatic adventure. The western themed circus spectacular will combine the physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats.
The West Australian Spiegeltent, The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge, January 22 to February 10.
ANOTHER NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS
Olivier winning star Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo are in Perth for Another Night at the Musicals. The performance is a melting pot of musical theatre karaoke, vaudeville, variety, sing-along and dress up madness.
Teatro, The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge, January 29 to February 10.
LET IT GO! SINGALONG AND DANCE PARTY
Join in the fun with your favourite kid’s film songs. Created for ages 3-12, there will be bubbles, a snowstorm and children are invited to come dressed as their favourite character.
Big Top at Sunset Veranda, Brighton Reserve, Scarborough, January 19, 20 and 24.
FAIRLY AVERAGE DANCE BAND: SO FRESH, STILL AVERAGE
Winners of the 2017 Fringe World Music and Musicals Award, The Fairly Average Dance Band present their favourite night of nostalgia, nonsense and total bangers from the 80s, 90s and 00s. Think Venga Boys with added tuba, Britney with much more testosterone and Love Shack with 100 per cent more piano accordion.
The Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge, February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.
TIM FERGUSON: A FAST LIFE ON WHEELS
This comedy legend rips the lid off his extraordinary life. Tim Ferguson reveals the terrors and tears of his worldwide escapades and his battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Middar Room, State Theatre Centre, Northbridge, January 31 to February 3 and Sonar Room, 42 Mews Road, Fremantle, February 1.
COMEDY HYPNOTIST MATT HALE’S FEELGOOD FACTORY
With his own modern brand of hypno laughs, Hale hypnotises volunteers with hilarious (but tasteful) consequences as their imaginations work overtime.
Megamouth, Yagan Square, Perth, January 18 to February 17, Piazza at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City, Success, January 19 and February 2, Big Top at Sunset Veranda, Brighton Reserve, Scarborough, January 22, February 3 and 17, Redmond Theatre, Ocean Reef, February 9 and 10.
HOT SUMMERS – JAZZ CABARET
Cathrine Summers presents a two-part show with six-piece jazz band and showgirl glamour. The performance will feature high-end cabaret with songs of Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minelli and more woven around a history of jazz and cabaret.
The Sunset Room at Cottesloe Beach Hotel, January 31 to February 10.
GRAN IN A VAN
Speeding madly towards 60, instead of putting on the brakes and moving to the slow lane, Gran In A Van, aka Kwinana grandma of four Leonie Clarke hits the accelerator and goes on a wild ride about living in a campervan, portaloo mishaps, sinister snakes and an irrational fear of the dark.
Deluxe at Yagan Square, Perth, January 18 to 21 and 7th Ave Bar & Restaurant, Midland, January 24 to 25.
INTERRRUPTING A CRISIS
The true story of Georgina Cramond who learnt to song write her way through anxiety.
Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Thornlie, February 10.
BUBBLE SHOW ON THE STREET
Dr Bubble performs a free outdoor bubble show starting with the smallest bubble possible and building toward a grand finale tidal wave of bubbles that cascades and falls across the audience. Featuring smoke bubbles, fire bubbles, foam haircuts, snake bubbles, giant bubbles and the bubbleocalypse, this is a street performance for families with children.
Forrest Place Stage at Twilight Hawkers Market, January 18 and 25, Fringe Central, Perth Cultural Centre, January 19 and 23, The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, January 20, 21, 25, 26, 31 and February 1.
THE MUSIC OF WHITNEY HOUSTON -FEAT ALEMAY FERNANDEZ AND THE SOUL PLAYBOYS
Singapore vocalist Alemay Fernandez is bringing her powerhouse voice to the music of Whitney Houston. Experience her live in concert with Perth’s Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys.
The Sewing Room basement, Wolf Lane, Perth, February 13 to 16.
HANSEL AND/OR GRETEL
This choose-your-own-adventure fairytale for kids follows Hansel and Gretel, as they get lost after their breadcrumbs disappear. The interactive, family-friendly show is suited for children up to age 12 and asks the audience to weigh-in on the decisions the characters make on their journey through the woods.
Leederville Function Centre, January 18 and 19, The Llawn at Mandoon Estate, Caversham, February 3.
MOVIN’ MELVIN BROWN – A MAN, A MAGIC, A MUSIC
Let Movin’ Melvin Brown take you on a Black Music journey (50s-90s) through his incredible and fascinating life in song, tap dance, story and comedy.
Big Top at Sunset Veranda, Scarborough, February 7 and 10.
FRINGE WORLD MERMAIDS
Catch a kiss, hear a tale or have a splashy fun afternoon when the weather is too warm with the free Fringe World Mermaids. Perfect for little dreamers and the young-at-heart, it is suitable for ages three to 10 years old. Warning, audiences may get wet.
Mermaid Tank at The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge, January 18 to February 17.
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TAMING OF THE SHREW
Canadian comic Gillian English is coming back to Fringe World with her theatrical, comedic, listicle romp through the world of teenage Shakespeare film adaptations and their lasting impact on a generation.
Belgian Beer Caf, Perth, February 6 to 17.