The wait is over to see what’s in store for FRINGE WORLD 2020 as today marks the release of the full program featuring more than 700 sensational shows across four magical summer weeks.
FRINGE WORLD is the third largest Fringe in the world, bringing all corners of Perth alive, from tucked away laneways in the City and Northbridge, to the suburbs and beyond at more than 150 venues from 17 January to 16 February.
FRINGE WORLD Festival Director Amber Hasler said there was a delicious spread of amazing shows this Festival, from returning favourites to exciting new Fringe debuts to tantalise and entertain people of all ages.
“Perth loves an annual Fringe binge and this year’s program does not disappoint! Audiences came out in droves last year to support local and international talent with almost a million attendances across the Festival,” Ms Hasler said.
The biggest range of shows at FRINGE WORLD is found at Perth’s favourite Fringe playground, The Woodside Pleasure Garden in Northbridge. It is a family-favourite spot to enjoy a few bites and beverages on balmy summers arvos, or for evenings to take it up a notch with mates and dates.
There are plenty of hot ticket items at The Woodside Pleasure Garden including three generations of circus women who prove age is just a number when it comes to stunts in Casting Off. Things get loud, raucous and sweaty with The Gods The Gods The Gods and the cheeky Railed boys who like to show a bit of raunch, return for more Western-themed circus fun.
Kids will be kept entertained for hours by some free fun with the popular FRINGE WORLD Mermaids, the hilarious, splish-splashing circus shenanigans of Splash Test Dummies and spectacular circus tricks by a crew of crazy stunt people in 3 Speed Crunch Box Rebooted.
Go back to school this Festival for a lesson in FUN at the oldest/newest FRINGE WORLD Hub, Girls School. After hosting the hit show A Midnight Visit in 2019, Fringe moves back into this iconic castle-like building, but with a program that makes it the second-largest Hub in the Festival. Catch the return of Tony Galati the Musical and Orpheus, see something new with the immersive cinematic performance of Selfless Orchestra: Great Barrier or have some laughs at a real date live on stage with Onstage Dating. Plus there’s a secret bar…
You are in safe hands with the Yagan Square program that features the return of many Fringe favourites including the death-defying thrills of Fuego Carnal and the big laughs of Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale: Random Acts of Mindness, Matt Tarrant: EVOLVE and Aborigi-LOL: The Return.
Hang around in Yagan Square on weekends at The Meeting Place for a FREE teaser and taster of some of the best and brightest shows the program has to offer with City of Perth FRINGE WORLD Power Hour. Perfect for when you are not sure what to see!
The fun times continue throughout Northbridge at the happy hub the Ice Cream Factory where you can kick up your heels and catch the highly anticipated FRINGE WORLD debut of the ultimate feel-good show The Choir of Man and the shenanigans of Puppetry of the Penis.
For something really outside the box, pop over to the spiritual birthplace of FRINGE WORLD, Fringe Central at the Perth Cultural Centre for immersive experiences Séance and Flight, for unique journeys that you won’t have anywhere else in the Festival.
An addition to the FRINGE family, multi-level palace The Rechabite joins Fringe for the first time to show off the incredible interior of this piece of Perth history on William Street with a line-up of circus, burlesque and comedy shows.
To get your toes tappin head long to The Ellington Jazz Club. For some Visual Arts, Performance Art and Spoken word check out Paper Mountain, Indipendent Program Award Winners 2019. Finally Downtown Fairground has a whole host of magic and variety in their two venues; Belgian Beer Café and Rubix Bar
The magic of FRINGE WORLD extends beyond the City and Northbridge, with even more shows and entertainment right on your doorstep out in the suburbs. Fremantle has a whole host of shows taking place.
Take in stunning seaside sunsets while enjoying some great Fringe content in Scarborough as part of Sunset Veranda or get tickled pink in Subiaco with the Subilicious program that is a little bit naughty, but a lot nice. Take a walk on the south side for SouthSide Summer in South Perth or get lost in a world of wonder of roving entertainment and spot shows in Bassendean’s WonderRealm.
Don’t miss out on the biggest arts festival in WA. Explore our guide to the highlight shows at FRINGE WORLD 2020 and stay tuned for more to come!