Alright folks, our fave time of year is back so it’s time to put the ‘art’ back into ‘party’. The Sydney Fringe Festival has returned for its ninth year and they’re pumped to provide y’all with that solid dose of culture you’ve been hankering for. The event is activating unused buildings, unlocking hidden gems and presenting major outdoor activations so get ready to be reminded that Sydney isn’t dead after all.
The festival is jam-packed with events that you won’t want to miss. Here are some of our top picks to lend you a helping hand for the Sydney Fringe Festival 2018.
Sydney Fringe Comedy
We’re all about having a ‘laff’ and when it involves a phenomenal line up with over 100 acts, plenty of tunes, food and bevs, as well as tickets going for $15 or less a pop, we’re sold. The mini comedy festival is being held at Marrickville’s comedy theatre for a whole month with up to 16 shows taking place each night. There’s a new show from Aaron Chen, who is kinda fantastic having won best newcomer at both the Sydney and Melbs Comedy Festival this year, a group of performers improvising entire eps of Law & Order (these are their stories, ‘dun-dun’), the utterly riskay and belly laugh-inducing Chase Paradise’s stripper comedy called ‘Ho Life or No Life’ (the segment’s name sums it up nicely) and the well-known aficionados of the comedy world, Becky Lucas and Cameron James doing a double act. For a peruse of the full program, head over here.
Where: The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
When: Tuesday 28 August until Thursday 30 September
Cost: Tickets approx. $10-$15 per person
It's enjoyed a sell-out tour of the UK, and now this multi-award-winning, political performance duo 'Sh!t Theatre' are gracing Newtown with their hilariously silly show about Dolly Parton. These legends playfully recount their trip to ‘Dollywood’ aka the Dolly Parton-themed amusement park in Tennessee and it is hi-freakin-larious. Oh and FYI, they rock up on stage dressed as two giant boobs… and it only gets better from there. Don’t dolly-dally though because these guys sell out fast, to book your tickets, click here.
Where: Old 505 Theatre, Newtown
When: Saturday 1 September until Sunday 30 September
Cost: $15-$25 per person
Rooftop Roller Skating Rink
Pop those skates on peeps because Broadway Shopping Centre is transforming their rooftop into an open-air rollerskating precinct for this years' Sydney Fringe Festival. This is such an 80’s throwback and we’re into it. Yep, queue those sprinkler moves and big ole’ fro’s. The best part? On weekends, you can head to this funky destination for just five bucks a pop! Every night there will be a DJ for you to moon skate your way on into the night… you’re welcome.
Where: Broadway Shopping Centre, Ultimo
When: Wednesday 5 September until Sunday 30 September (5-10pm weekdays, 9am-10pm weekends)
Cost: $5 tickets on weekends, $15 on weekdays (rented roller skates included) per person
The whole prospect of almost 500 shows in this packed month of festivities can be a little daunting. If you’re feeling a tad overwhelmed by what's on offer for the Sydney Fringe Festival, why not just dip those toes into the official opening of the festivities to help you understand what this month of ‘fabulosity’ is about. There’s a musical line-up which has been handpicked by Thelma Plum aka an utterly phenom local singer-songwriter and there’s a bunch of free live gigs popping up over 13 locations. All around Darlinghurst, shopfronts and venues will be coming to life in celebration of the month ahead. Locations include the National Art School, UNSW Art and Design and Oxford Art Factory. For more deets, head here.
Where: Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
When: September 1, 4-9pm
To get your head around the full guide, head over here.
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Image credit: Sydney Fringe Festival