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WA has a vibrant theatre scene if know where to look. Black Swan, the WA State Theatre company, continues to produce outstanding local shows, while WAAPA performances provide the opportunity to experience the next Hugh Jackman in the making. Burswood’s Crown Theatre and the WA State Theatre host musicals and shows from Broadway, the West End, and increasingly, from Asia, but Perth Festival and FRINGE WORLD Festival are the real highlights, bringing 700+ acts from around the world to the Perth stage each summer.

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A Circus Sensation by ZAP CIRCUS

5 STARS! “Charismatic Funny & Skills to Boot! A real FEEL-GOOD performance!"- Perth Happenings Jaw-dropping heart-stopping circus!

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 31
  • Time(s):6:40pm-7:40pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent at the Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:ZAP CIRCUS & FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL
  • Ticket Price:20-25
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Circus,Comedy,Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent,Woodside Pleasure Garden

Description

tickets: https://tinyurl.com/zapfringe
or http://www.zapcircus.com

13 SHOWS ONLY!
Jan 15-31 2021 @ 6:40pm
The Edith Spiegeltent @ FRINGE WORLD
The Woodside Pleasure Garden

5 STARS!  “Charismatic Funny & Skills to Boot! A real FEEL-GOOD performance!"- Perth Happenings

Jaw-dropping heart-stopping circus!An exhilarating show from start to finish - international superstars ZAP CIRCUS bring their all-time favourite circus stunts to Perth in a brand new show that you don't want to miss!

With Fire Eating Hula Hooping Acrobatics Comedy Freakshow stunts and hilarious acts galore this show is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and ready for more! Forget the everyday come join us and immerse yourself in the sensation of the circus. Share that indescribable feeling you get as you feel the heat from the flames see the sweat dripping on the acrobats and the flutter of the confetti as it falls from the sky. Experience A Circus Sensation with us!
#ZAPcircus

Darkfield's COMA

COMA, the third installation of the highly acclaimed multi-sensory series, DARKFIELD, invites participants to slip into a collective dream state in its FRINGE WORLD premiere.

  • Dates:Jan 15 - Feb 14
  • Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Realscape Productions
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden

Description

Presented by Realscape Productions (AU) in association with Darkfield (UK), COMA will join its predecessors, SÉANCE and FLIGHT, three ubiquitous white sea-containers that each explore a theme of fear and anxiety, in complete and utter darkness.

Where SÉANCE tested the audiences’ susceptibility to suggestible material, and FLIGHT jolted its passengers between this world and alternates, COMA invites audiences to take part in a strange mass experiment, to explore the dark recesses of their own mind, over 30 minutes.

COMA is set in a 40ft sea-container, each wall lined with bunk beds. Audiences members lie down in a bed, each becoming separated from their counterparts. Alone in the darkness, the multi-sensory elements engulf each participant, suggestive of the show’s own namesake.
Please remember when you leave, to take your body with you.

As with all DARKFIELD experiences, a strange world is built from 360 degree binaural sound that perplexes the senses, deepening the immersion by casting doubt on what is real and what is imagined. Loss of vision heightens the remaining senses, making them vulnerable to manipulation. 

For the team at Realscape Productions, the WA season marks the return of the Darkfield sea-containers to their Australian tour, having been stored in a paddock since COVID closed the doors on much of the theatre industry in March.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to be able to present in WA, as the city comes alive with the Fringe, the audiences in Perth are always exceptional. We’re in a very different situation to our UK counterparts,” commented Amy Johnson, producer at Realscape Productions.

Those looking for a taste of what to expect before FRINGE WORLD, can tune in to Darkfield Radio, a series of audio encounters designed to be experienced at home. Darkfield’s creators David Rosenberg and Glen Neath are the masterminds behind the immersive experiences, and have recently sparked global attention of XR and VR communities with their ability to create worlds for the audience using only audio. 

COMA, FLIGHT and SÉANCE will run frequently at various times from Tuesday - Sunday in the Woodside Pleasure Garden from 15 January - 14 February, 2021.

COMA and FLIGHT run for 30 minutes and cost $25 and SÉANCE runs for 20 minutes and costs $20. Tickets are available at www.fringeworld.com.au

Prior to FRINGE WORLD, FLIGHT will embark on its first ever regional Australian season in Mandurah WA from December 4 - 20, 2020

Love Letters

Touching, sometimes funny, letters covering 50 years of friendship - all socially distanced!

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):From 7:00PM To 8:40PM
  • Dates:Various dates from Jan 15 to Jan 22

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Hosted By:Jane Sherwood

Description

Love Letters tells the story of Melissa and Andy --- childhood friends who go their separate ways but remain in contact with each other through their entire lives by writing letters. The original production was a finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The script is a summary of Melissa and Andy's lives--their ups and downs, joys and disappointments, triumphs and losses--but throughout it all, they remain lifelong best friends. "Love Letters - somewhat of a classic - is an easy to watch, gentle comedy, although I advise you to pack some tissues. Presented with pace and passion it is an enjoyable night out." Kimberley Shaw of Stage Whispers, 2020 "Often a two-hander play can be tedious, but this play is vibrant, sensitive, hilarious and just glows." Gordon of The Optom, 2020 Presented by: Jane Sherwood Medium: For boomers, younger couples and teens. Thought-provoking, but not confronting.

Mismatched!

Join award-winning cabaret artists Penny Shaw and Robert Hofmann as they explore the repertoire of songs inspired by love in its less than romantic forms.

  • Dates:Jan 15th-25th
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:Home Economics at Girls School
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Daisy Productions
  • Ticket Price:$35
  • Music:Opera
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

WA Opera veterans Penny Shaw and Robert Hofmann are back on the Fringe World Festival stage to present a night of nights. Singing their way to uncover the way people precariously pair up; ‘MISMATCHED!’ is a glorious vocal celebration of unromantic leads, unlikely couples with this cheeky duo. Love in its less than romantic forms, such as platonic, unrequited and just plain unsuitable! A prima donna and her manager, a girl and her dog, a fan and his idol and even a singer and their career, these unlikely couplings and the brilliant songs they have inspired will move you to laughter and tears. Effortlessly crossing genres singing everything from West Side Story to Sinatra and accompanied on piano by the indomitable Tommaso Pollio, this is a season not to be missed! IMAGINE THIS! A sprinkle of The Crown and Downton Abbey meets “What the Fandango” X DivaLicious This performance will blast audiences away, with numbers from West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, Berstein’s Candide and even something from the 2019 hit Broadway musical ‘The Prom’ plus many more surprises along the way.

Prismatic

"Prismatic is a genre-blending set of comedic monologues about karaoke and the state of human life as we know it, but this isn't a review of Prismatic, this is a review of Karaoke: the worst human ...

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):From 7:30PM To 8:20PM
  • Dates:Various dates from Jan 15 to Jan 29

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School
  • Hosted By:Tim Lorian

Description

"Prismatic is a genre-blending set of comedic monologues about karaoke and the state of human life as we know it, but this isn't a review of Prismatic, this is a review of Karaoke: the worst human invention" ? Me, karaoke-hater. "I ate the seed of a tiny tree for which, unbeknownst to me, an agricultural corp a million kilometres away owned a patent on its genetic information. If it weren't for Karaoke, I would have never been arrested." ? A real review of Karaoke. "Karaoke sucks." ? Another review of Karaoke. Presented by: Tim Lorian Tim Lorian is a writer, director and actor best known for his outrageous characters and genre-blending experiments. Trained at The University Dramatic Society, Tim carries forward a tradition of theatre-making steeped in professional pride and artistic acclaim. Hot: Shows to take Fringe up a notch. Think titillating, heart-racing, cheeky, thrilling, political.

SÉANCE

SÉANCE toys with your senses using #DARKFIELD's exceptional 360 degree sound, making it hard to tell what is real and what is imagined. expect to be engulfed in complete darkness for 20 intense min...

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):Various
  • Dates:Various dates from Jan 15 to Feb 14

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Hosted By:Realscape Productions in association with DARKFIELD

Description

"Not for the faint-hearted, SEANCE is a spine-tingling experience that will leave you wondering just what is out there in the darkness." ????? InDaily, 2018. ????? The Advertiser, 2018. ????? OutInPerth, 2018. ???? ArtsHub, 2018. Step inside, take a seat but don't get comfortable. A twist on its namesake, SEANCE uses 360 degree audio and sensory deprivation to manipulate your sense of reality. Expect to be engulfed in complete darkness for 20 intense minutes inside a 40ft shipping container. A Fringe World favourite, over 12,000 Perth attendees have experienced SEANCE since 2018. We only ask that you proceed with an open mind... Presented by: Realscape Productions in association with DARKFIELD Specialists in tech-infused, immersive and site-specific productions and interactive events, including Darkfield series, COMA, FLIGHT and SÉANCE, and Mummy’s Milk, (winner BankSA Best Film & Digital and Interactive Award at Adelaide Fringe 2020). We seek innovative ways to present theatre that inspires creative types, but also intrigues humans that don't frequent traditional theatres. The majority of our 2020 was spent locked down by COVID, so we've had plenty of time to scheme up a spectacular next few years, watch this space... Very Hot: From the sexy, the controversial, to the shocking or unique - not for the faint-hearted.

State of Play

You’re invited to explore, experiment and party with us across the two-week program as part of FRINGE WORLD 2021.

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Dates:Jan 15 - 30
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Type:Community
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Comedy,Theatre
  • Food & Drink:Cider,Spirits
  • Art Exhibitions:Photography
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Hosted By:State Theatre Centre of WA

Description

On the eve of our 10th anniversary, State Theatre Centre of WA is thrilled to be throwing open the doors of the knight’s castle to support WA’s local independent arts community. You’re invited to explore, experiment and party with us across the two-week program as part of FRINGE WORLD 2021. With over 115 shows at your fingertips, there’s something for every FRINGE WORLD grand master or rookie! Visit the new portrait, play a round of chess or experience never-before-seen spaces with our immersive adventures. Our venue bars will be serving a fantastic range before and after each performance. Make it a whole ‘knight’ out!

The Crow and the King

The Crow and the King is an immersive story-based experience that blends visual arts, sculpture and storytelling set against one of the most distinctive set pieces you'll ever experience.

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):From 6:30PM To 8:30PM
  • Dates:Various dates from Jan 15 to Jan 29

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Hosted By:The REmida Arts Crew

Description

Dear friend, my employer, Katherine K. Midas, needs your help. Her home, her castle, her Warehousiam has been invaded by Crow A Bout, the King of all Crows, and his presence threatens all that she has built. Indeed, the situation is worse than you could imagine, but I will say no more. A normally shy and private person, my employer has opened her doors to the public and hopes that you, dear friend, will save the day. Come at once. You are needed. All stories must have their ending, and this may be ours... The event is suitable for all ages. If your children are comfortable with shows/stories like Harry Potter, The Dark Crystal, A Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline, they will be ok with the show. Presented by: The REmida Arts Crew The REmida Arts Crew is a collective of artists, writers, poets and philosophers who collaborate on a wide range of sustainably-based creative adventures. Mild: Shows with broad family appeal and entertainment to suit all ages. Big on fun, low on risk.

THE WITCH AND THE GOAT

Harness your imagination! Meet “The Witch and the Goat", mythical creatures and other folk. Don’t be fooled by what you see. Something else lurks behind your back! Existence Theatre. A fairy tale t...

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):From 8:30PM To 9:30PM
  • Dates:Various dates from Jan 15 to Jan 30

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Hosted By:ART IN PROCESS

Description

Harness your imagination! Fear meets truth, and social isolation confronts you with the darker side of mythical creatures. Don't be fooled by what you see, as something else lurks behind you already. And what you hear is not necessarily what has been told. THE WITCH AND THE GOAT is an allegorical tale of generational change, telling about human destiny and the complexity of escaping the recreation of inherited patterns. But while breaking one cycle we are prone to create another. In reviving metaphorical creatures, the performers engage with the deeper meaning of myths and their morals and bring classic archetypes into the present context. As usual, Existence Theatre will take the audience on an emotional journey that won't be easily forgotten. Presented by: ART IN PROCESS Existence Theatre, the Australian/Austrian artist duo of Elisabeth M Eitelberger and Bello Benischauer, have been challenging audiences for twenty years with their peculiar brand of confrontational and thought-provoking theatre (X-PRESS Mag, 2020). They work with changing ensembles and create poignant, powerful, engaging, critical, non-conventional, poetic and surreal performances. Their performers approach the audience in a unique way by breaking down the fourth wall. Hot: Shows to take Fringe up a notch. Think titillating, heart-racing, cheeky, thrilling, political.

Best Show Ever - Fringe World Perth

Three of WA’s most awarded entertainers have combined their talents to bring you an explosive world premiere: BEST SHOW EVER!

  • Dates:Jan 16-25; 27-31; Feb 7 & 14
  • Time(s):3:15pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Magnus Danger Magnus, Morgan James, Pierre Ulric
  • Ticket Price:$17.50 to $25.00
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Don’t miss these marvelous madmen as they concoct, clown, and conjure up a not-to-be-missed, family-friendly spectacle that’s equal parts science, circus, and magic. It’s not just amazing, it’s the BEST SHOW EVER! FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Winner 2020 FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Winner 2019 ADELAIDE FRINGE Best Magic Weekly Winner 2019 FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Winner 2018 FRINGE WORLD Children's Event WA Nominee 2018 WA Magician of the Year 2003, 2005, 2018 (WA Society of Magicians) As seen on Penn & Teller: FOOL US 2020 Presented By: Magnus Danger Magnus, Morgan James, and Pierre Ulric, three of WA’s most awarded entertainers, have joined forces to create the family entertainment supergroup: BEST SHOW EVER.

Bring Out Your Dead

‘Do you put a dead body in the recycling or the general waste?’ Riley has found Mark on his floor. Dead. How did he get there? Nobody knows Bring Out Your Dead is a dark comedy about supporting y...

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):From Various To 10:05PM
  • Dates:Jan 16 - Jan 24

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School
  • Hosted By:unBALANCED Productions

Description

Do you put a dead body in the recycling or the general waste?’ Mark went out on a Monday night to do some rather unsavoury things. He is, by definition, a bad man yet would not consider himself so. However, this story isn't about Mark. Unfortunately for him he has just been discovered by a very distraught and hungover Riley, on his living room floor. Dead. How did poor old Mark get there? Nobody knows. Now Riley and his best friend Finn must find a way to investigate and hide their incriminating mess while being hounded by their annoying neighbour and other unwanted guests. Bring Out Your Dead is a dark comedy about grief and supporting your friends by any means necessary, even if that means engaging in some less-than-legal activities. Hot: Shows to take Fringe up a notch. Think titillating, heart-racing, cheeky, thrilling, political.

Everything's Kinda Stupid!

When their stupid podcast goes viral, two friends become heralded as the voice of a generation. But how do you speak for a generation that won’t ever shut up? Everything’s Kinda Stupid! answers the...

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):From 9:40PM To 10:35PM
  • Dates:Jan 16 - Jan 24

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School
  • Hosted By:every other theatre company

Description

Sugar and Monty are just two friends with a stupid podcast that nobody cares about. But when the deadbeat duo accidentally strike a chord that reverberates through the very core of culture as we know it, they find themselves heralded as the voice of a generation. How do you speak for a generation that never shuts up? Everything's Kinda Stupid! is a sincerely satirical comedy that answers the age-old question: if everyone's listening, why does it feel like no one is? Brought to you by the some of the creative minds behind the sellout Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival shows Just Wait! (????½), Fun Times with Olive and No One Else! (?????), Disenchanted (?????), and Sad TV Man (?????) and Melbourne International Comedy Festival's All I Want for Christmas is Revue. Presented by: every other theatre company “every other” is a theatre company founded on inclusion. We’re a collective of local WA artists dedicated to creating spaces and platforms for people with stories to tell. Founded in 2020, our focus is fresh and firmly on the future. We’re open not insular, playful and versatile, current and challenging. We’re “every other”, but we’re anything but. Our founders bring with them a wealth of experience spanning the Perth and Melbourne theatre scenes. We’re the writers, directors, designers, producers and actors behind diverse, audience-favourite shows, including over 10 shows premiered at Perth FRINGE WORLD and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, newly united by shared our passion and vision. Mild: Shows with broad family appeal and entertainment to suit all ages. Big on fun, low on risk.

Justin Sider is D!ckless

Justin Sider's penis is missing. Drag king, ladies man, f*ck boy and competitive lap dancer, join Justin on the search for his wiener. A one man drag show romp like no other.

  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Time(s):From 9:10PM To 10:10PM
  • Dates:Various dates from Jan 16 to Feb 14

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School
  • Hosted By:Justin Sider

Description

Justin Sider's penis is missing. Drag king, ladies man, f*ck boy and competitive lap dancer, join Justin on the search for his wiener. A one man drag show romp like no other. Presented by: Justin Sider Drag King Justin Sider has pelvic thrusted his way into the hearts of Perth's drag scene, smashing glass ceilings, and charming audiences of all types. Making history as Perth's first King of the Court in the annual drag competition at the Court Hotel, he's bringing his charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to FRINGE WORLD Festival 2021. If Justin Bieber, Magic Mike, and Mighty Mouse had a baby, it would look a lot like Justin Sider. Hot: Shows to take Fringe up a notch. Think titillating, heart-racing, cheeky, thrilling, political.

The Greatest Magic Show

The multi award-winning, 3 year sell-out sensation - The Greatest Magic Show - is returning to Fringe World in 2021 with more whimsical wonders than ever before!

  • Dates:Jan 16 - 31
  • Time(s):4.40pm
  • Venue:Lotterywest De Parel Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Showmen Productions
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Type:For Kids
  • Performing Arts:Circus,Comedy,Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden

Description

Having garnered international acclaim in Edinburgh, New Zealand and England, the stars Sam and Justin will be hitting the stage with brand new illusions direct from a Las Vegas stage!

Joining them once again, the show will be presented by the hilarious, charismatic and enchanting Ringmaster who, after searching far and wide, has finally found The Greatest Magic Show - and will do everything to keep it on track!

For an hour of non-stop laughter & wonder, plus a FREE MAGIC WAND, you can't miss this!!

Presented by:
Showmen Productions

Showmen Productions is an independent production company founded in Melbourne, Australia. Since its creation in 2018, the two driving minds behind the company, Sam and Justin, have created and toured internationally 2 MEGA magic shows; a family-friendly spectacular, ‘The Greatest Magic Show’, alongside their hilariously raucous, 18+ only evening show ‘Adults Only Magic Show’!

Their current flagship shows are set to tour the world in 2021, with extended seasons as apart of fringes in Perth, Adelaide, NZ, Brighton, Paris, Edinburgh and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

Beyond The Faerie Door

Make these school holidays magical and venture Beyond The Faerie Door, in an installation full of beauty, wonder and imagination.

  • Dates:Jan 19 - 25
  • Time(s):11am, 1pm, 3pm
  • Venue:RAC Arena

Details

  • Event Venue:RAC Arena
  • Type:For Kids
  • Ticket Price:$22
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre

Description

The Stage is returning to the RAC Local Lounge in fun size! 

Children will immerse themselves in this interactive experience designed for ages 3 to 8 years and enjoyed by anyone who still believes in magic! 

Glitter yourself up, get your faerie name and sit in on story time, learn some faerie craft, dance with the faeries and explore all the many wonders behind the magic door!
 
We haven’t forgotten about you big kids too! While the little faeries fly around their exciting journey beyond the faerie door, you can enjoy a relax right there in our comfortable lounge with cool air, couches, cushions, coffee, bar and food. Plan to stay for a munch as there will be plenty of Faerie fun food to enjoy!