It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s FRINGE time!
Although it’s sadly another year without international acts joining in on the fringe fun, there’s still a bountiful supply of shows to select from. As great as this abundance of choice is, it can get overwhelming searching through pages for the right show. Lucky for you, we’ve done all the hard work and without further ado, these are our top picks for Perth Fringe World 2022!
Cabaret & Variety
Worship – Memento Vivere
If a scorching hot trailer full of suspense won’t sell you a show, will word of mouth? Worship – Memento Vivere comes highly recommended as a show returning to Fringe World after a successful 2021 season. The show’s description teases a spiritual experience as the cast, takes the audience “through the darker stages of death and afterlife before reaching a communal and enlightening rebirth!”
Ginava’s Messy Friends
Frequent patrons of The Court and Connections will be familiar with the glittery explosion of talent that is performance artist, Ginava. As the head of GENDERMESS (“a collective of club kids, gender f*** cross dressers, drag queens and performance artists.”), Ginava has created their own space in the Perth performance scene, with fully immersive and highly visceral shows that certainly have the WOW factor.
Elliot’s Big Nose and the Snot That It Grows
What would you do with metre-long snot? When Elliot discovers she can grow snot from her nose it becomes a superpower for solving problems and making new friends! Elliot’s Big Nose and the Snot That It Grows is a children’s show, which will take audiences on a magical journey through the use of puppetry. As long as you can handle some squirming in your seat, this show is guaranteed entertainment for little kids and big kids!
Brat Kids Carnival
From the same production company as Fringe staple cabaret Briefs comes Brat Kids Carnival. Dare devils will feel right at home with all the high-energy and high-speed antics on show.
A recent hit on the Fringe scene, YUCK Circus is presented by seven femme-identifying performers who bring a fresh take comedic take to circus. This West Aussie production company has been making Perth proud with rave reviews across the country and internationally. YUCK brings together some of our favourite Aussie icons (think vegemite and Kath and Kim), humour and some high-flying acrobatics.
Sinsuality: Make it Reign
What sinful secrets will you find in this tantalising mix of circus and performance art? Winners of Fringe World’s Best Circus Award 2017, Sinsuality is another staple show of Perth Fringe; bringing together some of our city’s best known performers such as Boylesque performer Karl Kayoss and Her Royal Highness (and Fringe Queen) BarbieQ. And if you need to try before you buy, this is another show with a pretty impressive trailer.
All Day Breakfast with Sophie and Thien
All Day Breakfast with Sophie and Thien sells itself alone on its fun promotional imagery but will certainly appeal to those who can’t pass up the combo of music and comedy. This food themed show will not feature a breakfast buffet, which is slightly disappointing, but will contain “wholesome home-cooked comedy” which will hopefully be enough to appease the appetite of hungry audiences.
How would you feel if you found out that you’re allergic to the thing you love the most? And what if that favourite thing was plastic?! That’s the premise of Plastica Fantastic, an award-winning show which mixes comedy and cabaret to inspire and excite environmental conservation.
Music & Musicals
Gavin Nicklette: Cabaret Roulette
The unpredictability of a roulette wheel can be a scary thing, but you’ll be in safe hands at Gavin Nicklette: Cabaret Roulette. Leaving the night up to chance, each performance will contain different jazz/pop-fused versions of favourite songs combined with a riveting story to go along with each tune.
Is the fear of school reunions universal or is that just me? Relive or pre-empt your high school reunion with new pop-rock musical Time Capsule. When Bridgit realises she’s done nothing since leaving school she goes above and beyond to stand out at her 10-year reunion. This potential cautionary tale will see lies told, friendships tested and tears shed, all over “one hell of a night”.
Theatre & Performance
Booze & The Bard
If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, improv and drinking games, let us introduce you to Booze & The Bard. Over 75-minutes, a troupe of five actors will improvise one of Shakespeare’s classics, but there’s a catch! One of the five actors will be drunk, and maybe you will be too (that’s up to you!). Take your pick to see the ‘Scotch Play’ or ‘Twelfth Pint’ or both!
Me, My Cult and I
Colin Ebsworth has a reputation as one of the best comics in Perth with multiple awards, nominations and sell out seasons under his belt. He returns to Perth Fringe again this year, with a new work Me, My Cult and I. Housed in The Rechabite’s Good Will club, Colin will tell the story about his life, family and the cult “which brought it all together.”
Keep your eyes on Magazine 6000 for more FRINGE WORLD content!