Our beloved FRINGE WORLD is back, and after all this year’s craziness we are welcoming its stacked Aussie lineup with open arms. Kicking off Friday 15 January and running through to Sunday 14 February, the 2021 season is already promising tonnes of big-hitting shows across almost 100 venues—with popular playgrounds like The Woodside Pleasure Garden and Girls School back in action.
But with so much on, where on earth do you start? As always, the best shows seem to sell out fast, so we’ve rounded up our hot picks so you can get a head start on all the action.
Here’s 10 shows you won’t want to miss.
You Got Moxie, Kid: A Quirky Cabaret of Silliness & Self Discovery, Connections Nightclub—drag, musical theatre and lashes for days. Moxie Hart's high-energy new show brings stories, passions and a whole lot of kookiness to the Connections stage.
Off Chops, The Woodside Pleasure Garden—the name says it all, really. This show has been banned by taxis and ride-sharing alike. Trashy, riotous and concerningly physical, these girls are like the glass of water you meant to drink before you went to bed, the inexplicable bruise on your thigh and the worryingly knowing look on the convenience store clerk's face: but high in the air.
Shaun Tan: Rules of Summer, Ellenbrook Art Gallery—need some gallery time? Make your way to Ellenbrook Art Gallery to check out this collection of works by Perth-born, global sensation and multi-award winner Shaun Tan.
PASSING: An Asian-Australian Musical, Girls School—if musical theatre is your jam, then you should check out PASSING. Charting the journey of a Thai-born Australian pursuing her dreams of pop stardom, PASSING is filled with original pop and hip-hop bangers.
Shreklesque, Girls School—everyone knows that Ogres have layers. Come and see those layers get peeled back to reveal the fairy-tale beneath in this return season of the All-Star FRINGE WORLD 2020 sell-out parody sensation.
Nadia Collins: Chrysalis, Girls School—Nadia Collins brings the weird and the laughs. Her previous shows The Bride and Virgin Bloody Mary have taken out awards, sold-out seasons and now she's bringing a new work in progress show about nature to Fringe World.
FIRE, Girls School—FIRE is the debut production of Kaylakoorl Collective: a fierce, female and first nations-led group of theatre-makers. Written by Ebony McGuire, FIRE is a story of sisterhood, cabin-fever, family and culture.
String Theory: An evening of Jazz Harp, State Theatre Centre of WA—jazz harp is not something you hear every day, and Fringe World doesn’t happen every day so this combination feels almost written in the stars. Taking cues from Alice Coltrane, Michelle Smith will bring you the harp-tunes you never realise you loved.
THE MAGICIANS featuring Adam & Selina, The Woodside Pleasure Garden—globally renowned sibling duo Adam & Selina are pulling out all the magic, mystery and illusion stops. They've been to the finals of Australia's Got Talent; played Vegas, Europe and the middle east and are now coming to The Woodside Pleasure Garden for their first-ever FRINGE WORLD Show.
The Kaye Hole, THE RECHABITE—if you've seen Reuben Kaye in full-flight before you know that his solo show is not to be missed. What you might not know is that this shining example of non-toxic masculinity keeps excellent company; The Kaye Hole is where Ruby and friends get loose, ridiculous, messy and often naked. This show is what your parents didn't dare warn you about.
This year, you will also want to keep an eye out for the very handy new FRINGE WORLD app which will make planning your festival adventures all that more convenient and fun. We’re liking the sound of the ‘Shake To Search’ feature to find a random show starting near you.
The full 2021 FRINGE WORLD program is on sale now, so fire up the group chat and start planning your season now.
What: Fringe World 2021
When: Friday 15 January to Sunday 14 February
Where: Venues across Perth
Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by FRINGE WORLD. and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.
Image credit: Fringe World