Freo Royale exceeds expectations ahead of third season


Tomas Ford with The Sugar Duchess from Sugar Blue Burlesque, Darla Harland from Les Sataniques, Fifi Fontaine from Sugar Blue Burlesque and Farren Wood of Funk Club.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        d463409
Tomas Ford with The Sugar Duchess from Sugar Blue Burlesque, Darla Harland from Les Sataniques, Fifi Fontaine from Sugar Blue Burlesque and Farren Wood of Funk Club. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d463409

FREO Royale is beginning to live up to its name, quickly becoming one of the jewels in the crown of Fremantle’s summer calendar.

The event more than doubled its ticket sales last year, growing from 7500 sold in 2015 to more than 15,000 in 2016, something organiser Ronan Freeburn from Vulture Culture said completely exceeded their expectations.

“It was great seeing the Fremantle Town Hall sold out on a number of nights,” he said.

“The performers love playing in Fremantle and I think the bohemian nature of Freo makes for a perfect union.

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“We’ve also had great feedback from audience members; a large number of them seem grateful to have Fringe World events close to home as opposed to having to venture into the CBD.”

Bringing a plethora of comedians to the stage when its third instalment kicks off later this month, Freo Royale will also include a range of cabaret, music, children’s events, theatre and the return of the popular King’s Square pop-up bar.

But Mr Freeburn said there were hurdles they had to get over to keep the popular event in Fremantle year after year.

“The only downside is some of our funding has been reduced so it puts extra pressure on the event’s long-term viability in Fremantle,” he said.

“We really want to keep staging this event in Fremantle for many years into the future, so it’s important that the community, local businesses and the City of Fremantle get behind us and continue to support it.”

Freo Royale is on from January 27 to February 12, with performances spread over 11 Fremantle venues.

Visit www.freoroyale.com.au for more information.