Over 500 acts presented by some 2000 artists over 31 days: it’s no surprise that trawling through this years Perth World Fringe Festival requires stamina, many hours and a glass or two of wine.
Once you have your list of fifty possible shows the hard task begins of asking yourself “What do I really want to see?”.
Dwindling the list down to a reasonable number and finalising a schedule that does not require you to pitch a tent and live in Northbridge for 31 days, requires some ruthless tactics and date manipulation.
So, having armed my self with a glass of wine or two, a pen and an open mind, here are my first set of selections for Perth’s 2015 Fringe World Festival!
Joel Creasey “The Hurricane”
Friday 23 January – Sunday 25 January 2015.
The Gold Digger – State Theatre Centre of WA, Northbridge.
Lock the doors, batten down the hatches, for gods sake please take down that annoying wind chime…a storm is brewing…
Winning critical acclaim, celebrity fans and 5 star reviews around the world while leaving a trail of comedic annihilation in his wake, Joel Creasey returns to his home town with the world premiere of his new show.
Join Australia’s hottest comedian for a night of laughs delivered in signature Creasey style – tight jeans, big hair and a truckload of wicked stories.
Strap in, bitches. A hurricane is coming.
Saturday 24 January – Sunday 15 February.
Rosie O’Grady’s – Cabaret Bar
205 James Street, Northbridge.
“Everybody be cool, this is a puppet show!
Any of you f**kin’ pricks move, and I’ll execute every mother f**kin’ last one of you!”
The ultimate Tarantino homage, this is Pulp Fiction with strings attached.
Award-winning hit show from NZ with a star studded cast.
Programming includes 3 part series or full 3-hour show.
Come once and see Part 1,2 or 3.
Come three times and see the whole film, or see the 3-hour full length show (with interval)
The Sound of Nazis
Friday 23 January – Saturday 31 January 2015
DeLuxe – The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge.
A grotesque musical comedy with nuns and Nazis!
The people who brought you the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning Wolf Creek the Musical, present a show based on the 1956 West German Film Die Trapp-Familie and, legally, nothing else. Featuring soon to be classics like ‘Maria, you’re a terrible nun’ and ‘The hills are alive with the sound of Nazis’
Palais des Glaces Spiegeltent
Wednesday 28 January – Sunday 22 February
The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge
Roll up, roll up – the circus is finally in town!
Prepare to be amazed, amused, appalled, aroused, shocked, stirred and shaken as you enter the sexy, funny and dangerous world of LA SOIRÉE.
A cocktail of jaw-dropping acrobats, mind-bending contortionists and thrilling chanteuses, spiced with a pinch of the exotic and the erotic and well-seasoned with humour, LA SOIRÉE is a beguiling concoction that has left audiences around the world spellbound, titillated and amazed.
Made up of the world’s greatest exponents of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary vaudeville, LA SOIRÉE creates a parallel universe of pure entertainment where raw, undeniable skill meets unstoppable laughter and high energy. Reviving the passion, heart, unforgettable style and good old-fashioned showmanship that made them favourites across the globe, these artists will present their twisted take on cabaret and variety in LA SOIRÉE.
The Naked Magicians
Friday 30 JanuaryMandurah Performing Arts Centre’s Broadwalk Theatre
The Broadwalk, Ormsby, MandurahThursday 5 February – Saturday 7 February
474 Hay Street, Subiaco
The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.
Left without sleeves or pockets, The Naked Magicians’ saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it”.
This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. This show proves just that.
John Safran – Murder in Missisippi
Wednesday 4 February – Saturday 7 February
Noodle Palace at Central
19 Francis Street, Northbridge
John Safran’s live show, Murder In Mississippi, the true story of how he met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote a book is coming to Perth.
Australia’s peerless exponent of gonzo film-making, John Safran was cruising American white supremacist websites one night only to stumble upon the news of the violent murder of a lifelong southern racist who he not only knew personally but had been sued by. Because he is John Safran he jumped on a plane, lived in Jackson, Mississippi for the best part of six months, plunged himself into FBI files, earned a killer’s trust and wrote a true crime novel.
Live on stage, Safran will take you deeper into his time in the South, telling the story on stage with film and photography from his six month immersion below the Mason Dixon. Murder In Mississippi is a tale of race, poverty, incarceration and the cultural fault lines that have defined the South since they found themselves on the losing side of the civil war.
And another thing …
Don’t forget the 26 free and community events which sees the return of the popular Fringe World Mermaids and Mermaids After Dark.
Check out the complete list of free events here.
This year will see shows presented in Fremantle, Midland, Victoria Park, Scarborough and Mandurah as well and the familiar venues throughout Northbridge.
To view the 500 shows on offer and start booking tickets visit fringeworld.com.au
Or book at Perth Cultural Centre Box Office from 12 February from Noon – 6:00pm.
Share your selections for the Perth World Fringe Festival below – we’d love to hear about YOUR event planning!