Fringe back with a bang

FRINGE World 2018 was launched this week with more than 750 free and ticketed events from January 26 to February 25.

There’s something for everyone with comedy, circus, theatre, music, dance, cabaret and more from local and international performers.

From Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala’s fusion of traditional Yolngu and pop culture is pure infectious fun, with some fantastic grooves.

Performer Baykali Ganambarr says the show takes 75,000 years of culture out of the museum and firmly into the 21st century, “With a bit of circus and bling.”

For an instant smile on your dial, check out their tribute to Zorba the Greek on YouTube, or a very different take on Singing in the Rain.

• The Djuki Mala (Chooky dancers) do Singing in the Rain. Photos supplied

Another act on the lineup, La Soiree, has been wowing audiences for years and the creators have come up with a new twist, Club Swizzle, a night of sassy and wicked entertainment at the Ice Cream Factory on Roe Street.

The bar opens 30 minutes before show time, and you might want to check out the bar staff, before they strip down for outrageous cabaret, air-defying acrobatics and infectious musical mayhem.

The Ellington Jazz Club will be awash with shows, many featuring jazz songstress, Jessie Gordon.

• Jazz songstress Jessie Gordon

She couples up with Libby Hammer in Anatomically Incorrect Gentlemen: Dirty Gents, an exploration of the magnificently filthy world of dirty music, in an evening of gender-bending comedy and music.

The Blue Room’s Summer Nights is back and Perth theatre company Static Drive Co’s Night Sweats is already gaining attention. It’s a darkly humorous piece of storytelling, song and visual magic about something we can all identify with—insomnia. If you fancy something a bit lighter, hypnotist Matt Hale is performing at the Sunset Veranda in Scarborough and at the Noodle Palace, Elizabeth Quay.

For the full program and ticketing go to fringeworld.com.au

By JENNY D’ANGER

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