Fringe World 2018: My top picks

It’s time to say goodbye to boring and hello to Fringe World Festival 2018! There is already a buzz of excitement in the air, as Perth gets ready to treat you to world-class performances from 26th January until 25th February.

Fringe World is one of the most anticipated arts and cultural events on WA’s calendar – and so it should be, considering it’s now the third biggest Fringe Festival in the world with more than 750 shows across 130 venues.

This year some of my favourites are back with new shows, the best venues are at it again, and there are a few new thigs thrown into the mix – like Noodle Palace moving from its iconic spot in Northbridge to Elizabeth Quay; the super fun Ice Cream Factory just down the road from the Pleasure Garden; the Showman’s Fair at the Urban Orchid in Fringe Central (a Dutch mini-festival with live performances and a long-table dining experience); and more hubs and venues opening up around the outer-suburbs to make Fringe even more accessible.

So, where do you even start when it comes to deciding which of the 750 shows to see? With my top picks, of course!

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Fringe World 2017: El Bizarro review

El Bizarro was back at Fringe World in 2017 for its third instalment, and by now everyone in the know knows that this is a show that delivers on its promises – Danger! Freaks! Glamour! – with a show that is twisted, electric and enthralling.

Absolutely not for the faint of heart, El Bizarro has quickly become a favourite among Fringe goers and Fringe performers, for the way it pushes boundaries in a celebration of excess.

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Fringe World 2017: Cameron James ’88 review

With a background in music and sketch comedy, Cameron James has the guts and the experience to hit the mark as a relaxed, laid back stand-up comedian with his debut comedy hour at Fringe World.

CamJam, as he is known online, has achieved a lost since I last saw him in as part of the duo Jekyll x James at Fringe World two years ago – placing second in Triple J’s RAW Comedy National Final, he has toured national as a support for well-known Australian and international comedians and was hand-picked to perform at Splendour in the Grass.

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Fringe World 2017: Jacque Barrett is Particularly Good at This review

Smart and charismatic comedian Jacques Barrett is a veteran of the Australian club and festival circuit, with almost a decade of shows under his belt –  making his ‘Particularly Good at This’ a funny Fringe trip not to be missed.

Well-paced and consistently on the mark, this ridiculously fun hour is filled with character renditions, strong performance skills and social commentary that captures the audience’s full attention and refuses to let it go.

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Fringe World 2017: Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar review

Welcome to Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar – the sleaziest, dingiest dive bar in town and home to a truly bizarre set of characters guaranteed to have you laughing through an hour of no-holds-barred, rollicking and risqué musical sketch comedy.

The seasoned (yet surely slightly mad) geniuses behind EastEnd Cabaret – Jennifer Byrne and Vicky Falconer-Pritchard, together with Tom Velvick of Dead Man Creative – have returned to Perth, where the mop-headed madness began, for a disappointingly short run of Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar.

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Fringe World 2017: Mâché: HOME review

Debuting at Fringe World last year with Mâché: A Drag Performance Showcase, Gendermess has returned with another hour of glittery cross-dressing and debauched drag.

HOME aims to take the audience back to a time when routine was key, ignorance was bliss and everything was right as rain, giving a drag queen makeover to the 1940s -1960s.

The show featured some of Perth’s most-loved drag performers – Donna Kebab, Perri Oxide, Flo Reel, Cougar Morrison, Vaboux and Ginava – in gorgeous costumes, killer heels and wonderful makeup working their way through a series of acts.

I had high expectations for this show given last years’ performance but unfortunately they were not met and I was in fact left quite appalled at two of the scenes.

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Fringe World 2017: A Night at the Musicals review

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more charismatic duo at Fringe than Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo.

Fringe World favourite Le Gateau Chocolat (a Laurence Olivier award winning powerhouse of a performer who has recently wrapped up a season working with The National Theatre on The Threepenny Opera) and Jonny Woo (a drag, comedy, fashion and media superstar) have teamed up for A Night at the Musicals – a wonderful, funny and at times touching tribute to all of the best musical theatre numbers.

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Fringe World 2017: Limbo review

If you’ve ever read a list of shows not to miss at Fringe World or caught any of the media surrounding the yearly event, Limbo is the show you’ve undoubtedly heard of.

It’s been billed as ‘raising the bar’ as a new and exciting circus-cabaret, an unmissable party between heaven and hell.

To put it bluntly, there’s a hell of a lot of hype surrounding this show – reviewers have called it chilling and thrilling, indescribable, sensational and among the best in town. And there’s no denying it is a lot of a fun.

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Fringe World 2017: Pink on the Inside – David Eriksson review

David Eriksson is charismatic as hell, totally cool and a little bit crazy, and his first solo show is a whirlwind of ride – wacky and wild and wonderful, yet peppered with moments of introspection that reveal the gentle soul of the King Kong of ping pong.

Hailing from Sweden, David is a brilliant circus entertainer with incredible stage presence, an effortless comedian and natural acrobat who’s not afraid to show a bit of vulnerability.

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