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Not long now until the city comes to life for Fringe World. Each fortnight Scoop Events will bring you a wrap of festival shows worth checking out to help navigate the event’s whopping 700+ event program.

BUSKER’S WEEKENDER
Feb 2-4
A free event in the CBD including street artists, circus performers and crazy acts, running through Hay Street and Murray Street Malls (11am-4pm weekend, 5pm-9pm Friday). It includes seven stages of entertainment. On the Sunday at 11am a Guinness World Record attempt will be made. An acrobat will attempt to break the record for the most number of balls juggled while suspended upside down on a trapeze.

PETER ALLEN 
LIVE IN INVERTED COMMAS
Downstairs at The Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Feb 6 – 17, 9:00pm, from $36
Share in the glorious music that Peter Allen was most popular for, as well as lesser-known pieces that made up his wide-ranging catalogue. Whether you’re a well-versed fan of Allen or a total cabaret newbie, Hadgraft’s manifestation of the larger than life artist is a captivating, laugh-out-loud, feel-good tribute to the legendary entertainer!

MAVIS (AND OTHER BROKEN OBJECTS)
Downstairs at The Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Feb 20 – 24, 7:30pm, from $36
A tragically comic cabaret about loving yourself, even when you really shouldn’t. Mavis goes through life like a Karate Kid – in a leotard, living off of last night’s kebab. Her life rules include no fluorescent lighting or small talk the morning after. Performed by WAAPA Alumni, Megan Hunter with a score by Melbourne’s Conor Neylon and Jackson Peele.

DISCO 100
Connections Nightclub, Northbridge
Feb 10 – 17, 9:30pm, from $25
The ultimate Studio 54 inspired disco party! This interactive cabaret extravaganza features 100 all time classic disco tunes mashed together into a fully immersive experience. Enjoy live performances by drag superstar Feminem (as seen on stage with Adele) AViiDA Ruby Slippers and The Dance Collective. Dress up and get ready to dance!

SEEKING BASIC NEEDS AND OTHER TALES OF EXCESS
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Northbridge
Jan 27 – Feb 17, Various Times, from $20
Take a pathway across Northbridge with a set of headphones and an open mind to hear world-wide tales of struggle, joy and hope as the city comes alive in this immersive sonic storytelling experience. Made by WA artists, listen in as an original soundscape unfolds with stories of movement and migration bringing an engaging new perspective to the city.

CONFESSIONS OF A MAGICIAN
Downstairs at The Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Feb 13 – 17, 9:00pm, from $33
International performer Pierre Ulric is back following two sell out seasons at Fringe World to share his deepest and most absurd secrets. Magicians have always been hiding secrets and it’s time for this one to confess. Get ready to have your mind blown… metaphorically speaking of course! Thought-provoking theatre. Expect gobsmacking magic, comedy, audience participation and psychological ploys.

DAO OF DYLAN
Downstairs at The Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Feb 13 – 17, 6:00pm, from $30
Nobel Prize winner for literature, Bob Dylan may be the most important songwriter of our time. In this historic collaboration, jazz/rock divas Monique Di Mattina and Rebecca Barnard bring their soulful interpretations of Dylan’s most-loved tracks, picking lessons on life, love and laughs from the lyrics. Dylan fans will love this historic collaboration.

FRINGE DESTINATIONS

THE PLEASURE GARDENS
Home to the famous Fringe Mermaids, big top and multiple Spiegletents. This fun Fringe playground hosts numerous ticketed events as well as buskers, food and drink! Free entry – note kids under 18+ must be accompanied by an adult.

THE ICE CREAM FACTORY
This brand new venue makes its Fringe debut in 2018. Just around the corner from The Pleasure Garden, this pop-up is home to the best summer parties! It also boasts The Edith Spiegeltent and The Ramp which will host some of Fringe’s hottest comedy.

FRINGE CENTRAL
See Perth Cultural Centre transform into the heart of Fringe Festival, jam-packed with food and bars. This pocket features box offices along with The Showman’s Fair, a mini-festival from the Netherlands with music, dining and a silent disco with a twist.

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