FRINGE World 2018 is in full swing for another year of celebrating spectacular and unforgettable arts and entertainment in Perth.
Given the 31-day program has more than 750 events across 130 venues, it can be a daunting prospect when choosing what to see.
However, don’t be afraid to get your Fringe binge on to experience the weird and wonderful because some of the best shows can be found in the unexpected.
Here is our top five at Fringe list to ease you in and then the rest of the festival is your own delightful adventure.
The ultra-sassy and seriously entertaining Club Swizzle is already one of the hottest tickets in town. From the creators of Fringe hit La Soiree, this must-see cabaret show plays fast and loose with outrageous cabaret, air-defying acrobatics and infectious musical revelry backed by a live band. Get ready for a cheeky night out at Club Swizzle.
DETAILS: The Ice Cream Factory, January 30 to February 25.
BRIEFS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
The Briefs boys are back and they have a brand new show. The Brisbane-based all-male boylesque group have experienced sold-out seasons for the past six years at Fringe World and are ready to make that seven with Briefs: Close Encounters featuring their hilarious brand of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy. Prepare for a close encounter like no other.
DETAILS: The West Australian Speigeltent, The Pleasure Garden, February 7 to 25.
The joyous Djuki Mala dancers who rocked last year’s Fringe World have returned with their show fusing traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture. Audiences can expect the Elcho Island performers to entertain with numbers inspired by musicals like Singing in the Rain, Michael Jackson, Bollywood and their famous Zorba the Greek. You will leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
DETAILS: The West Australian Speigeltent, The Pleasure Garden, January 28 to February 25.
HOT BROWN HONEY
Hot Brown Honey is making its WA premiere at Fringe World and is produced by the award winning Briefs Factory which is sure to make this another winner. The show features a cast of powerful First Nations women presenting a theatrical explosion of colour, culture and controversy while smashing stereotypes in the process. Strap in for a performance that calls out patriarchy and shatters the preconceptions of colour while having a hell of a time while doing it.
DETAILS: Teatro, The Pleasure Garden, February 8 to 25.
LIVVY AND PETE: THE SONGS OF OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN AND PETER ALLEN
WAAPA graduate Michael Griffiths has wowed Perth audiences over the years with his tributes to Cole Porter, Annie Lennox and Madonna. Now he has teamed up with the equally talented and fellow Fringe favourite Amelia Ryan for Livvy and Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton John and Peter Allen which is sure to have audiences tapping their feet and singing along to everything from Xanadu to Rio.
DETAILS: De Parel Spiegeltent, The Pleasure Garden, February 5 to 12.
Fringe World program and tickets at www.fringeworld.com.au.