Kinda-sorta transcript below:
As you can hear by the sounds of the Media Launch behind me, it’s the start of the Fringe World Festival here in Perth, found at the fringeworld.com.au
site, with the hashtags for this year being #FringeWorld, #Let’sFringe (no apostrophe included) and the occasional #PerthFringe popping up as well.
This year I arrived at the Pleasure Gardens and immediately stepped into a pile of chewing gum, walked in front of of a forklift carrying half the Speigeltent across the gardens, and was proposed to by a willy wagtail. You can see all of that on my Twitter account at kyliesturgess.
What did I get to see in the Speigeltent? A short dance routine by a group called Yummy, which has Joni Hogan from Joni in the Moon featured doing some of the high notes during the miming.
There was some fairly unadorned but mesmerising acrobatics by A Simple Space, seven acrobats with amazing grace, and a quick performance by Djuki Mala, famous for their appearance back in the day with the Zorba the Greek dance you can see on YouTube
, and has since progressed to sell-out performances worldwide.
What else did I discover? I got some hot tips from some of the other attendees, they recommended Rose Callahan, JC Clappan and Zoe Coombs Marr, all comedy acts.
Naturally everyone says that Famous Sharon is a must-see and Tomas Ford is probably doing more shows than the fringe itself, so I’d suggest heading to his shows too.
Lucy Peach was also mentioned as a must-see; you won’t find her show advertised on Facebook though, because apparently someone in MarkZuckerberg Industries
has an issue with the word “period”, even though most of the population has to deal with periods even more than they deal with Facebook ads, and both of them are irritating. But Lucy Peach has found something to sing about (not Facebook ads, but periods) so, despite the lack of popups on social media, her performance was recommended as a returning-feature-show.
I’m going to be heading to PICA to catch Seeking Basic Needs and Other Tales of Excess early on in the season, which involves an immersive audio tour with headphones all over Northbridge.
One of my other first-choices this year was Kate Smurthwaite
, with ForniKateress and Late with Kate
– I’m fond of those late night chat show style programs, so I’ll be doing a double-header of those two shows and I’ve heard that’s she’s really talented and amazing, so you might want to pencil her shows in early at the start of Fringe.
Also on the list – Ray Bradshaw – Deaf Comedy, The Completely Improvised Shakespeare and then heading over to the State Theatre Centre for Hannah Gadsby with Nanette. I learned that it’s going to be appearing on Netflix at some point in the future, but I’ve head nothing but rave reviews for this not-really-a-comedy show, and after wins for both the Edinburgh and Melbourne Comedy Festivals in 2017, I want to be able to say that I saw it live.
Other tips I have: YourSeven by James Berlyn, who is known around these parts for his work with the Proximity Festival;
19 Weeks, which is being held INSIDE the COMO pool, at COMO The Treasury; I also briefly bumped into Irene of the Black Swan Theatre Company and I’m heading over there to catch some shows later in the year, but in the meantime I’m heading to the State Theatre Center for not only Nanette but DC Callan: I Spied, True Confessions of an ex-ASIO Spook. I’ll let you know what I think about that one early next week.
In the meantime, let me know if you think I should be checking anything else out, there’s a lot of shows not only for the Fringe but Perth Festival coming up and what used to be PIAF and is now PerthFest and it’s all going to be pretty inescapable over the next two months, so we may as well put on our investigating feet and see what’s going on.
Speaking of which, if this is your first time on the fringe, I highly recommend public transport, sensible shoes and do not do what I do and over-extend yourself and end up eating the leftovers at the back of the cupboard because you spent too much on tickets. Check out what’s happening with RushTix
– they may be 30 per cent, 50 per cent or even up to 70 per cent off the full price ticket, and if you’re a student like me, it’s a great way of catching shows at the last minute. I saw a few random shows last year because of RushTix and still had enough to get the train home afterwards. Which is a good thing!