When the hot days and balmy nights roll in, it can only mean summer festival time in Perth. You guessed it – FRINGE WORLD Festival is almost here – and we couldn’t be more excited!
Running from 20 January to 19 February, this year’s festival is bigger than ever. The 144 page program is proof enough of just how epic and incredible it’s become. We’ve sifted through the impressive line up to pick out just a few of our favourites – and with tickets on sale already it’s time to get ready for the fringe experience.
- La Soiree
Direct from London’s West End, La Soiree is back again. - This year it heads to the picturesque Cathedral Square – with a line-up so hot it’s opening a week earlier! Shows will run from 13 January to 26 February in The Edith Spiegeltent. Tickets start from $36. This one is rated very hot (18+).
- ACTIVATE! A High-Energy Variety Show for Kids!
If you’re looking for a family friendly variety show, this one’s for you! Filled with singing, dancing, acrobatics - and prizes - it’s a great outing for adults and kids alike. Presented by the City of Stirling for the 2017 Summerset Arts Festival, it’s on at the Sunset Veranda Big Top, Scarborough on 23 and 27 January, with tickets from $16.
- A Bogan Abroad
Brett Blake is good at providing belly laughs ‑ and he’s a self-described bogan – something he only realised in recent years. It’s his third solo show and he’s previously sold out here and in Edinburgh Fringe. We think it’s time to pull on our singlets, get out the double pluggers and show some love for this Perth boy. He’ll be performing from 7 to 19 February at The Hidden Bar, with tickets starting from $16.
- Djuki Mala
Held in the Salon Perdu Spiegeltent with tickets from $45, Djuki Mala is a joyous celebration over 40,000 years in the making. Direct from Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land, Aboriginal dance and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) tell their story in a high-energy show. They fuse traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling to create work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul. See them from 27 January to 14 February.
- Triage! A nursing cabaret
Ever used an IV pole as a stand-in microphone while belting out Beyoncé in the ICU? Greenroom and Broadway World Award winner Zuleika Khan is returning to Perth with this show after a sold out season in 2016. Named in the top ten must see shows of Sydney Fringe, this hot show sounds cheeky, fun and so Fringe we can’t wait to grab our tickets. It’s showing at Noodle Palace 4-5 and 7-12 February with tickets from $39.
- Circus Spectacular
Regional WA is in for a treat with Circus Spectacular heading to Esperance, Hopetoun, Northam, Carnarvon and Exmouth! This variety show features over an hour of the wonderful young Canberra-based troupe Poncho Circus for the first three stops, while the final two destinations will featurethe best of local Perth and international circus talent with Ross Vegas and David Eriksson.
- Set for Life Experience
Okay, okay… we’re a bit biased here but we think our Lotterywest Set for Life Experience is pretty awesome! Held in the Perth Cultural Centre 5.00pm – 10.00pm from 27 January to 5 February, it’s your chance to be pampered and sip on mocktails while watching the heart of Northbridge come to life each night. What’s the cost? It’s free! Plus you could win $1,000 by sharing your Set for Life Experience on social media and there’s some other great giveaways too.