Here’s a scary sentence: it’s only October and there’s already 100 Fringe Festival shows on sale. 100! Let the overwhelming process of deciding which shows to spend your hard-earned cash on begin.
We’re here to help you make the most of this incredible festival that lights up our city every summer—so instead of you trawling through all 100 shows, here are 13 of the best that you can, and definitely should, already get your tickets for!
Fuego Carnal At Empyrean At The Ice Cream Factory
A show laden with fire, wild stunts, exotic beats and mesmerising moments, Fuego Carnal is fuelled by sensual choreography and a wicked sense of humour—so no wonder it’s been selling out crowds and earning rave reviews around the planet! This year’s show is full of new heat, new moves and new surprises, and is already set to be the hottest (both literally and in terms of popularity) show at Fringe. Better get your tickets locked in.
Club Swizzle At The Ice Cream Factory
Yeah, we hear you—been there, seen that. Well, you haven’t—because Club Swizzle is bringing a whole new show to Fringe this year and we can barely contain our excitement! If you didn’t catch it last year and don’t know what to expect: Club Swizzle is as sassy as it is outright confronting, as chaotic as it is impressive and as hilarious as it is outrageous. You definitely need to be leaving your hang-ups at the door for this one—they’re the cheekiest souls in showbiz.
Blanc De Blanc At The Pear Tree
From the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour comes Blanc De Blanc, returning to Perth for another round of breathless abandon. This cabaret-meets-acrobatic sensation of a show is all about the vintage glamour—we’re talking champagne sparkling, eyes glimmering and beaded dresses a’twirling as the performers undertake some incredible acts that will infatuate and enthral.
Bang Bang! A Tarantino Tribute At Air Nightclub
Appropriately named, Bang Bang! is a tantalising ode to one of this generation’s most renowned filmmakers: Quentin Tarantino. We imagine it’s difficult to choreograph a dance that does the genius himself justice, but with The Showhouse Perth on the job (sass, style and stilettos in tow), we’re sure it’ll be a mind-blower.
Cirque Africa At The Regal Theatre
The greatest show to come out of Africa since their last one, Cirque Africa is absolutely one of a kind when it comes to Fringe. 100% African, high energy and a whole lot of fun, this show is part cultural experience, part blockbuster production and will undoubtedly transport you far away from Perth. It’s ‘very hot’ on the Kleenheat Sizzel Factor so we’d recommend getting your tix ASAP.
Matt Tarrant | More Unsolved At Megamouth Yagan Square
Fringe Festival’s resident trickster, Matt Tarrant is back with more magic than ever before in his brand new show, More Unsolved. Prepare to be mind-blown as he performs world class magic and mentalism that’ll convince even the most stubborn of cynics that the dark arts are a thing.
Visual Arts & Design/Cross-Artform
It’s not all about the headline cabarets and drag at Fringe, folks—mix things up with this totally immersive art exhibition that sees you enter the mind of surrealist master Salvador Dali. Taking over Metro City with four levels of drawings, sculptures, film, graphics and photography, Dali Land is the place to go when you want to enter another world—through virtual reality, a creative workshop, or just settling into the glory of it all with a Dali-inspired cocktail at the rooftop bar.
Djuki Mala At Spiegeltent
Dance & Physical Theatre/Indigenous
After achieving overnight fame when they uploaded themselves dancing to ‘Zorba The Greek’ on YouTube, the Djuki Mala boys return to present their internationally-acclaimed, smash-hit dance production in the heart of Fringe—the Spiegeltent in The Pleasure Gardens. This show is infectious—we dare say even those who’ve been before will be returning for another dose.
Luke Bolland | Weight Dropper At Casa Mondo Yagan Square
If you caught Luke Bolland’s show ‘Name Dropper’ at last year’s Fringe (which is on again this year, too—see), then you have an idea of what to expect from this local laugh machine. Weight Dropper is his new show that follows the trials and tribulations of his 10-month-long weight loss journey. The goal? To lose 25kgs, write a comedy show about it, and make people laugh at all the epic fails endured. Get your tix to find out whether or not he succeeds!
Aborigi-lol At Casa Mondo Yagan Square
Two of Australia’s funniest first-nationers are back (‘like a boomerang’, they say) after sold out Melbourne Comedy Festival shows two years running—this time, to bring the belly laughs west with Aborigi-lol. Usually cracking jokes on Have You Been Paying Attention? And ABC’S Comedy Up Late, these guys strike the dad joke/cynicism balance pretty damn well. Go see them put the ‘rad’ in ‘traditional’ as you get a dose of ‘Strayan culture up in you.
A Boy Named Cash | Johnny Cash Experience At Atrium Bar At Rigby’s
For all the lovers of that husky Cash voice out there, A Boy Named Cash is not to be missed. Monty Cotton (you know, from The Voice!) is set to perform all the Cash classics in a tribute show to end all tribute shows. Seriously—people have said that if you close your eyes while he plays, it could actually be Cash up there. A sophisticated evening—complete with full bar and a la carte menu available—for those with sophisticated taste.
Brewed Laughter | A Beer Tasting With A Comedian At SONAR Room And The Lucky Shag
The name kind of says it all: comedy, plus beer, equals good times—right? Happening every Friday and Saturday evening across two venues for the whole duration of the festival, Brewed Laughter will involve a comedian, a beer drinking expert, yourself and five beer tastings, along a delicious voyage that’ll tickle more than just your tastebuds. There’ll be a different comedian and beer featured at each show, so you can hit it up more than once!
Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale’s Feelgood Factory At Megamouth Yagan Square
Our grand synopsis of Matt Hale's fantastic show last year amounted to: ‘Seriously LOL, go see it’. We stand by that. This guy has redefined the idea of hypno and is more about making people laugh than making people pretend to be chickens—and he’s bringing a whole new show this year, just to show off. Whether you’re on stage or in the audience (we recommend volunteering yourself, just to see what happens!) you’ll walk out feeling ten years younger. Enjoy!
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