Fringe World Festival celebrates its 10th birthday in 2021 with a program of over 400 shows focusing on local and national acts. This year, 80% of Fringe shows will be local acts, with many performers taking part for the first time. The circus shows are some of the most popular and quirkiest, and this year will be hosted predominantly at the Festival hubs at Woodside Pleasure Garden. Here are some of our top picks for circus shows at Fringe World 2021.

A Circus Sensation

Internationally acclaimed circus stars ZAP CIRCUS are bringing the freakish and fabulous to Fringe this year with a brand-new show. As WA’s only award-winning Fire, SPFX and Performance company, ZAP CIRCUS fuses light-hearted fun with passionate, high-impact performance. Be delighted as ethereal acrobats twirl across the stage while performers gobble flames, spin hoops and clown around. With a Fringe suitability rating of PG, A Circus Sensation will cast a spell over audiences of all ages, mixing classic stunts with truly unique tricks to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats.

When: Jan 16 – 17, 20 – 24 & 27 – 31
Where: The Edith Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge
Cost: $20 – $25
Get tickets HERE


Bringing it home to WA, all-female cast of YUCK Circus go down a treat with their soaring acrobats and good-old-fashioned Aussie larrikinism. Join the Fringe World Martin Sims Award-winning troop for their newest show and be entertained as they hilariously flip the art of cabaret on its head. With a beer in hand, YUCK Circus spin on silks, tumble through the air, toss each other across the stage and champion female voices. DEADSET is a show that mature audiences will appreciate, with a few adult themes giving it a suitability rating of M.

When: Jan 15 – 17, 19 – 25 & 27 – 31; Feb 2 – 7 & 9 – 13
Where: Lotterywest De Parel Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge.
Cost: $30 – $34
Get your tickets HERE


Combining the enigmatic seductiveness of burlesque with the glitz and glamour of circus, Caged is a glittering story of mystery set in Berlin, 1929 – the alluring post-war age of flappers and silent films. Hosted by award-winning burlesque superstar Sugar Du Joure, and featuring Australia’s own Mr Boylesque performer Karl Kayoss, this adults-only performance will bring the heat this summer. Just like its cast of contortionists, aerialists and acrobats, Caged is a show that will twist, bend and surprise, with just a sprinkle of dark humour to top it off.

When: Feb 3 – 7
Where: The Rechabite Hall, The Rechabite, 224 William St, Northbridge
Cost: $20 – $46 (18+ ONLY)
Tickets HERE


Having sold out shows around the world, the Melbourne based Head First Acrobats company are taking to the stages of Perth once again, presenting multi-award-winning, sexy spectacle, Elixir!

Set in a mysterious laboratory, three scientists conduct an experiment on themselves by drinking an array of strange chemicals and concoctions to discover an elixir that will give them super-human abilities. Specialising in acrobatics for theatre and festivals, you can expect intense balancing acts, amazing feats of human strength and high-energy acrobatics from half-dressed male performers. Elixir is a perfect cocktail of hilarity, racy wit and charm. With an M rating for adult themes and language, this is a show suited to a mature audience.

When: Jan 15, 17, 19 – 24 & 26 – 31; Feb 2 – 7 & 9 – 14
Where: The Edith Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge
Cost: $30 – $39
Grab your tickets HERE

Show me the 90s

Don your highest platform slides and slip you Gameboy colour into your back pocket, Fringe is throwing it back to the nostalgic 90s. This blend of choreography, dance and circus all to the tune of iconic 90s music is all that and a bag of chips! Take a drive down memory lane and revel in the nostalgia of the decade with international performer Marie Bitaroczky and her all-Australian crew. This is a vibrant show suitable for all language levels and ages, but especially for those 90s kids longing for the days of Cheese TV and Clueless.

When: Feb 2 – 7 & 9 – 14.
Where: The Edith Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge
Cost: $40
Get your tickets HERE

Glow Sista Circus

Glow Sista Circus will light the Big Top tent up with their glowing props, pulsating lightshow and energetic choreography. Fusing together dance, circus and light as an all-female troop, this is a dazzling show for all ages. Be amazed by the stunning and seamless glow-in-the-dark performance as the lovely ladies from All The Lights premier their show to the world. With elements of traditional circus and costumes to match, you will feel a true sense of circus wonder at this show.

When: Jan 15 – 17
Where: Big Top at The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge
Cost: $17
Grab a ticket HERE


This one-man band-circus hybrid sees Scott ‘Chocolate’ Henman as the ringmaster of his own musical circus, ELECTROCHOC! Multi-skilled musician and performer Scott presents a ridiculous and powerful musical show that showcases circus acts such as juggling all while playing drums, bass and vocals. See him manipulate the music whilst performing drum-stick tricks and even juggle his sticks whilst playing! Light-hearted humour and live music are major drawcards for this M-rated circus performance sure to give you the thrill of both circus and rock ‘n’ roll.

When: Jan 15 – 17 & 27 – 31
Where: Le Roi at Belgian Beer Café, 347 Murray St, Perth
Cost: $23
Get tickets HERE


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