Ready for a fringe binge

FRINGE World is just over the horizon and there’s a whopping 700 acts with something for everyone.

Last year’s festival was the biggest yet with close to a million people flocking to venues around Perth.

“We were so overjoyed at how much people loved going on a Fringe binge,” says festival director Amber Hasler.

For kids aged five to 11 there’s The Greatest Magic Show by comic magicians Justin Williams and Sam Hume.

The shows features incredible illusions like an audience member levitating on stage, an old-school strait jacket escape and gallons of on-stage slime.

• Jessie Gordon cranks up the jazz at Fringe World.

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Yagan Square is the new festival hub and audiences there will be shocked and delighted by Yummy Deluxe’s outrageous drag act, and some new wave cabaret with an avant-garde twist.

Then there’s Lucy Peach’s My Greatest Period Ever. Fifty percent of the population will have about 500 of periods over their lifetime and Peach uses comedy to turn what has been demonised as a curse into a blessing.

Meanwhile, the one-woman show “circus revenge” features Angelique Reckless Ross balancing tomatoes on a tight wire and trapeze.

Things will be pumping at festival central, The Pleasure Gardens on Russell Square, with a diverse line-up that includes award-winning Indigenous dancers Djuki Mala and Tony Galati the Musical.

The man with the eyebrows, aka spud-king Tony Galati, inspired the musical which hilariously lauds the Aussie battler.

“A man who launched a business, took on the fat cats, appeared on Sunrise and did it all with nothing but tenacity, a blue singlet, and a love for the working families of Perth,” the blurb says.

Club Swizzle is back at the Ice Cream Factory with its raunchy line-up, and fire extinguishers will be on stand-by as Fuego Carnal performs a daredevil mix of fire twirling, cabaret and circus.

If you prefer live music, Perth jazz/blues singer Jessie Gordon will front a variety of shows with Grammy award-winner Lucky Oceans, jazz diva Ali Bodycoat and muso Mark Turner.

This year’s Fringe World has spread to Fremantle with acts at Little Creatures’ new venue SONAR Room, the Sail and Anchor pub, CircusWA, Pioneer Park and the Esplanade.

And there’s acoustic music in Fremantle Church on High Street, opposite Christian Brothers College.

Fringe World runs from January 18 to February 17.

For the full program go to http://www.fringeworld.com.au

by JENNY D’ANGER

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