Some things go hand-in-hand with summer in Perth. Beach sunsets. The Fremantle Doctor. Fish and chips at the harbour. Sunday sessions. Singlet sunburns. And, for some of us, the Fringe World Festival, which runs from late January through February.
Fresh off the runaway success of last year’s season, Fringe World is back, bigger and better than ever. With over 450 events across a range of categories there promises to be something for everyone – whether it’s music, comedy, cabaret or theatre that tickles your fancy, Fringe has something for you.
With such a range of quality performances on show it’s difficult narrowing the program down, but here are our can’t-miss picks for Fringe 2014.
We loved him in last year’s Comic Strip and good news for us, Asher Treleaven is back with the unmissable Smaller Poorer Weaker Cheaper. I, Migrant (Pakistan to Northam) by Sami Shah also promises a hilarious night out and the Phatcave, which sold out at Edinburgh Fringe, will play host to a variety of late-night comedians.
Local heroes Sugar Blue Burlesque return to Fringe with new show La Belle Epoque, Boylesque promises to be as outlandish as ever but it’s Dirty Talk by last year’s favourites EastEnd Cabaret that gets our vote – hysterical and outrageous, this duo provides a fantastic night out.
A 30 Year Retrospective of Aurelio Costarella’s work offers a unique insight into the world of one of WA’s most respected designers and better yet, it’s free. Multi-media offerings are similarly inspiring, with the 12 Films Heart short film project and the Outpost Film Festival showcasing high-quality local productions.
Adriane Daff and Will O’Mahony will be busy this year, returning with the award-winning Great White (our 2013 favourite) and performing in Flood, written by Chris Isaacs from Black Swan State Theatre Company‘s Emerging Writers Group. Local productions Illyria and The Disorder provide high-quality, thought-provoking and at times darkly comic entertainment, and Roz Hammond’s Gym & Tonic is touching, intimate and uplifting.
Local ladies Rachel Gorman and Billie Rogers celebrate Australia Day with Songs in the Suburbs, Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys pay homage to Queen B with their show The Rhythm Spectacular – the Music of Beyonce and WAYJO’s outdoor show, presented by the City of Vincent, promise fresh jazz in the open air and better yet, it’s free!
With Fringe round the corner, there’s summer in the air. Welcome back, Fringe – we can’t wait for this year’s season.