Premier drops into support centre as fundraiser dinner plans hit top gear

Ruah Community Services housing and homelessness executive manager Sam Knight, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Michael Piu, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, Premier Mark McGowan and St Patrick’s board chairman Patrick Colgan.
Ruah Community Services housing and homelessness executive manager Sam Knight, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Michael Piu, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, Premier Mark McGowan and St Patrick’s board chairman Patrick Colgan.

FROM much-loved roots and blues artists John Butler and Mama Kin to local performers, a stellar evening of entertainment is on the menu for next week’s Fremantle Long Table Dinner.

About 1100 ticket holders and all of High Street’s passers-by will be able to enjoy an eclectic mix of entertainment from CircusWA’s youth troupe, high-energy carnival vibes of WASAMBA and the one-of-a-kind stylings of the St Pat’s Starlight Hotel Choir when next Thursday’s dinner begins at 6pm.

CircusWA artistic director Jo Smith said performers would roam the length of High Street throughout the evening with acts including the Rogue Fez Ensemble and Masterchef.

“The troupe will slide up and down their specially designed table, performing acrobats on and around it, while delivering comedy pizzas and disrupting people just a little bit; it’s all a play on the food tradition of High Street,” she said.

“We also have some of WA’s best adult street performers accompanying our troupe, including the Glitz Gliders from Red Top Creations, who will roller-skate up and down High Street covered in neon lights and a climactic aerial light show for after it gets dark.”

Performers Beth Sheldon, Dawn Pascoe and Ruth Battle-Wayre will bring a roving version of their Fringe show Candy Girls – sweet or sour? to the dinner. Picture: Rachel Collier Photography.

As the sun sets, John Butler and Mama Kin will take the stage before handing the reins to powerhouse WA Celtic band Fling for a big finale party.

Days out from the event that has quickly become St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s biggest annual fundraiser, Premier Mark McGowan paid the centre a visit to chat with staff and some of its users.

Running concurrently on the night will be the Henry Street Christmas Markets from Moore and Moore Cafe with more than 40 gift and food stalls.

Snare a late ticket online.