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Fringe World Festival 2021


Jan 15 – Feb 14 | See what’s on

Returning for its 10th year in January 2021, FRINGE WORLD is the third largest Fringe festival in the world and is set to bring life to Perth with hundreds of shows taking place across 93 different venues. Whether you’re a lover of comedy, musicals, circus, cabaret, or theatre, there’s tonnes of awesome events to choose from, and you can explore them all in our Fringe guide below. Keep an eye out for the 450+ events that will be live on our system from the week beginning Monday Jan 18.

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Make it a night out and see multiple shows at the Woodside Pleasure Garden or Girls School, the two biggest Fringe hubs, featuring an array of venues, food & drink and roaming entertainment. There’ll be lots of amazing local acts this year, as well as some international and interstate performers. There’s also a whole range of events that’ll keep the children captivated, so you can bring the family out to celebrate the iconic summer tradition that is FRINGE WORLD. 

Fringe Highlights

Your Guide to the Festival

Guides


Ace Your WACE - Classical Music Workshops

Free workshops for classical music students in year 11 and 12.

  • Dates:Apr 30, Jul 23 & 24
  • Time(s):1.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

## ACE YOUR WACE 1.0 Featuring Interactive and Engaging Sessions with WAAPA lecturers in: - Musicianship - Breath Control - Understanding how to write about your set works - Practiceroom tips - Plus Performance, Advice and Q&A with current WAAPA student Ben Cromie, 2021 winner of WACE Top WA Performance Medal! ## ACE YOUR WACE 2.0 Turbocharge your WACE performance exam or WAAPA audition by boosting your confidence, presentation, projection and performance skills. You’ll perform one of your exam/ audition pieces in a workshop setting, and WAAPA’s outstanding Classical Music lecturers will give you advice and strategies for releasing your inner virtuoso and achieving your very best.

Acting and Performance Making - Years 7 - 12

WAAPA’s Acting and Performance Making students will apply fundamental skills to develop strong voice, movement and acting techniques.

  • Dates:Sunday for 8 weeks per term
  • Time(s):1.00 - 4.00pm
  • Venue:WAAPA

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$525 per term
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Character development is explored through practical workshops including improvisation, script analysis, audition technique and scene study. Students have the opportunity to increase their confidence as they apply their skills to stage and screen performances. They will develop ensemble building skills required to devise their own work and are led by experienced tutors who facilitate fun and collaborative based classes. Bookings are done on a term by term basis.

Music Theatre - School Years 7 to 12

The WAAPA Music Theatre course gives students the opportunity to enter a magical world by developing the vocal, acting and movement skills required to become a ‘triple threat’.

  • Dates:Sundays for 8 weeks per term
  • Time(s):1.00 - 4.00pm
  • Venue:WAAPA

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Musicals
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$525 per term
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Music Theatre combines the worlds of theatre and music and is a form of storytelling that requires performers to be able to sing, dance and act. We welcome students who are passionate about Music Theatre and want to be challenged to expand their skills within a supportive community of peers and professional staff. The course caters for all abilities and provides the opportunity for students to progress at their own pace. Bookings are done on a term by term basis.

Heat of the Day: Cross-Genre Guitar Riffs

Led by Brisbane-based guitarist Anthony Garcia, Jazz and Classical guitar students at ECU fuse different music genres, bringing out a unique side of music.

  • Dates:May 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Jazz,Latin
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The guitar transcends social, cultural and genre divides. In this guitar celebration, Jazz and Classical students join forces with inspirational Brisbane-based guitarist Anthony Garcia to fuse genres. Pat Metheny's signature track Heat of the Day features alongside the works of Brazilian guitar greats in a night that blends the ancient with the contemporary, Latin folk with exploratory jazz. Music Director - Jonathan Paget & Freddie Grigson Performed by Jazz and Classical Guitar students and staff with guest artist Anthony Garcia (guitar) # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

French Impressions: Silver, Wright & Smith

Claude Debussy’s sublime Cello Sonata and Ravel’s dazzling Duo Sonata performned by Classical lecturers Paul Wright, Stewart Smith, and Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Cellist Eve Silver.

  • Dates:May 20
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Star cellist Eve Silver, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Cello, joins WAAPA Classical Music lecturers Paul Wright and Stewart Smith in a delicious program of French music for violin, cello and piano. Showcasing Claude Debussy’s sublime Cello Sonata and Ravel’s dazzling Duo Sonata for Violin and Cello, this is chamber music at its ravishing best. Music Director - Eve Silver Performed by Paul Wright (violin) & Stewart Smith (piano) with guest artist Eve Silver (cello) # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

Songs in the Key of WAAPA

WAAPA's graduating Contemporary Music students perform their original songs and arrangements at Rosemount Hotel.

  • Dates:May 23 - 26
  • Time(s):6pm
  • Venue:Rosemount Hotel

Details

  • Music:Orchestral,Classical,Pop,Jazz,R&B
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$15 online; $20 at door
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Join WAAPA's graduating Contemporary Music students as they each present a short performance of original songs and/or original arrangements. These performances, featuring an array of styles drawing from many genres of music, are the culmination of a semester’s work exploring each student’s creativity. Music Directors - Matt Allen, Ric Eastman & Allira Wilson Performed by Contemporary Music students # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

Cheer Juice: The Thad Jones Bandbook

WAAPA Jazz Big Band performs one of the great work by American trumpeter and composer Thad Jones - Cheer Juice.

  • Dates:May 25
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

One of the world's greatest jazz musicians, American trumpeter, composer and bandleader Thad Jones had a long and highly creative influence on big band jazz. His composition Cherry Juice, known by musicians as 'unsafe at any tempo', encapsulates everything this exciting concert will explore: virtuosic, complex, grooving compositions from the Thad Jones' bandbook that helped define the big band sound, and new works inspired by his legacy. The sound will take you away, and may blow you away too! Music Director - Tom O'Halloran Performed by WAAPA Big Band # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

Harness the Wind

Live wind orchestra performs masterworks by award-winning composer and WAAPA alumna Rebecca Erin Smith.

  • Dates:May 26
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Classical
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

This sensational SWE concert features old and new masterworks for wind orchestra, including a work by award-winning composer and WAAPA alumna Rebecca Erin Smith. Also featuring a special guest appearance by star clarinettist David Griffiths – a renowned soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and senior lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Music Director - Philip Everall Performed by Symphonic Wind Ensemble with guest artist David Griffiths (clarinet) # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

WAAPA Sax Festival

Celebrating 10 years of the Massed Sax Project, 2022 sees the launch of the inaugural WAAPA Saxophone Festival.

  • Dates:May 28 -29
  • Time(s):Vary
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Type:Festivals
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Led by saxophone maestros Matt Styles and Jamie Oehlers with The ‘Phone Co., the WAAPA Sax Orchestra and special guests, this weekend event showcases the very best in all things ‘saxophone’. Players of all ages are invited to join the one-and-only Massed Sax Orchestra for not one, but two afternoons of collaborative music-making, culminating in a Sunday evening concert for family and friends. Open to anyone who has been playing the saxophone for 2 years or more, this is the only sax orchestra of its kind in Australia. Participants will play crazy-fun music, get tips from WAAPA’s best, and check out the latest in saxophones from the big sax brands. # Free Events Sat 2.30pm-5.30pm, Sun 1.00pm-5.30pm • Performances by WAAPA’s elite sax students 7.00pm • Workshops and masterclasses with Matt Styles, Jamie Oehlers and special guests • Professional Development education workshops • Massed Sax Orchestra rehearsals for registered participants # Ticket Events Sax Festival Gala Concert - 28 May - Experience astounding performances from WAAPA's saxophone staff and students. Marvel at the incredible virtuosity of Jamie Oehlers, Matt Styles and special guests as they present a gala concert featuring The ‘Phone Co. and the mighty combined WAAPA Sax Studio ensemble. Massed Sax Concert - 29 May - The WAAPA Saxophone Festival culminates in a fabulous concert featuring the mighty Massed Sax Orchestra with Matt Styles, Jamie Oehlers and The ‘Phone Co. Bringing together jazz, classical, contemporary and world music, this unique performance celebrates the power, versatility and sheer joy that only the saxophone can bring. Massed Sax Orchestra registration: https://www.trybooking.com/BWDBM

Caress/Ache

3rd Year Acting students performing the award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s Caress/Ache at Roundhouse Theatre.

  • Dates:Jun 9 - 11, 13 - 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat Jun 11, 2.00pm
  • Venue:Roundhouse Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Roundhouse Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $37
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

To touch or not to touch. A brilliant surgeon can no longer bear to touch the living. Two voices connect fleetingly over the phone. A desperate mother begs to embrace her son one last time. A young woman seeks atonement. Disparate lives interweave, intersect, collide and connect in the most unexpected of ways in award-winning Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s ode to human contact. “A compelling, fascinating and troubling work...” – Stage Noise Written by: Suzie Miller Directed by: Sandie Eldridge Performed by: 3rd Year Acting students Contains: Adult themes and violence; ages 15+

Mack & Mabel

Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelgass Book by Michael Stewart, WAAPA Music Theatre and Music students are taking the stage.

  • Dates:Jun 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16
  • Time(s):7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.00pm, Wed matinee 2.00pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$69 - $76
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Jerry Herman, the award-winning composer and lyricist of Broadway hits Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles, takes the tumultuous real-life relationship between Hollywood silent movie director Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand and turns it into a classic musical studded with brilliant songs such as Time Heals Everything, I Won’t Send Roses, Wherever He Ain’t and Look What Happened to Mabel. Director: Crispin Taylor Music Director: Tim Cunniffe Choreographer: Jayne Smeulders Performed by: Music Theatre and Music students “A fascinating true story set in a rich milieu, a bounty of complicated characters, and a score that is among the best in musical theatre history.” – Stage Left *Contains: Mild adult themes; ages 12+

Rise

Spectacular ballets and contemporay dance performances from WAAPA students are taking the stage of Geoff Gibbs Theatre.

  • Dates:Jun 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16
  • Time(s):7.30 pm, Sat Jun 11, 2.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Ballet
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23- $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

WAAPA's Head of Classical Dance Kim McCarthy combines forces with visiting artist Leanne Stojmenov, former Australian Ballet principal, to create A Peasant Suite, a delightful showcase of student skills that brings together the moments of heart and soul of some of your favourite ballets. Jenni Large, collaborative artist and former Dance North ensemble member, and Australian Dance Award winner Laura Boynes bring their considerable contemporary dance credits back to their alma mater to create two dynamic new works on the Contemporary Dance students. Choreographed by: Jenni Large, Laura Boynes and Kim McCarthy with Leanne Stojmenov Performed by: 2nd and 3rd Year Dance students

Starstruck 22

Starstruck this year presents the creative Music Artist students and their originals songs, arrangements and other acoustic music.

  • Dates:Jun 16
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Rosemount Hotel

Details

  • Music:Pop,Jazz,Rock,Electronic,Country & Folk
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$15 online; $20 at door
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Starstruck 2022 features WAAPA’s fabulously creative Music Artist students performing original songs, classic arrangements and a combo of acoustic and band-driven entertainment. The concert features Diploma and Advanced Diploma students presenting their creative collaborations which highlight their Music Artist journey. Music Director - Vinnie Crea Performed by Music Artist students # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr

The Space Inside

Vanessa Tomlinson - a sound artist, musician, composer and educator explores listening, space, density and beauty through the known and unknown.

  • Dates:Jul 28
  • Time(s):7.30
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Music:Other Music
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Vanessa Tomlinson is a percussive artist dedicated to exploring how sound shapes our lives. She is an improviser, sound artist, musician, composer and educator, and the inaugural Director of Griffith University’s Creative Arts Research Institute. In this extraordinary performance, Tomlinson explores listening, spacialisation, density and beauty through the known and unknown, in works featuring text, percussion, paper and more! Performed by Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion) # Booking - Friends booking open on - Public booking open on

A Summit of Energies

A performance to celebrate the restoration of the legendary 1824 Broadwood & Sons grand piano.

  • Dates:Jul 31
  • Time(s):3pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $32
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The Broadwood grand returns to WAAPA! This concert celebrates the completed restoration of WAAPA’s 1824 Broadwood & Sons grand piano (an instrument once owned by Andrew Ashe, the flautist in Haydn's London orchestra). After two years of expert restoration in Belgium, this priceless instrument makes a triumphant return to the stage. Joseph Haydn's Sonata No. 51 in D major is heard alongside Jan Ladislav Dussek's Sonata in G major Op. 39 and Muzio Clementi's Capriccio in A major Op. 34, works written for the captivating sound of pianos made by Broadwood. The program concludes with Carl Czerny's monumental arrangement for piano four hands of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55. Performed by Geoffrey Lancaster and James Huntingford (fortepianos) # Booking - Friends booking open on 13 Apr - Public booking open on 20 Apr