A big, bold array of entertainment will take over Perth when Fringe World, produced by ARTRAGE, returns to town in 2022, bringing with it a smorgasbord of entertainment.
The programme features 436 shows across 90 venues located in 27 suburbs. More shows will be added in the coming months, too.
“Fringe World is a chance to celebrate how great it is to be in Perth, and that we get enjoy 31 days of world-class entertainment and good times with our family and friends,” ARTRAGE CEO Sharon Burgess says.
“The open-access non-curated Fringe platform means that more shows will go on sale in the lead up to the Festival, in response to any border changes.”
Fringe playground The Pleasure Garden will play host to shows for every sort of festival fan. For families, there's the return of sell-out Fringe circus faves 'A Simple Space', as well as the mad-scientist madcaps in 'Magnus' Explosion Laboratory: 'Electrickery', and the Royale Theatre will roll out 'CIRCUS'. Also, get your perm and leg warmers ready for circus/comedy/dance show '80's Mixtape Side B' and Dane Simpson brings 'Digeridoozy', a comedic ode to one of the world's oldest wind instruments.
Powerful and intimate circus show 'She Is Strong' and, on the opposite end of things Matt Storer's musical comedy 'Hot Nonsense' will both take to the stage at the historic art-deco hub Girls School.
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Heading into the city, you can take a trip on the 'Honky Tonk Time Machine' at Badlands, featuring Jessie Gordon and multi Grammy Award-winner Lucky Oceans. Justin Sider will deliver down-to-earth slapstick with 'Dickless', and at The Rechabite you can catch deadly funny Fabian Woods with 'Always Woods Always Will Be'.
Diversity shines across the Fringe World programme, including 'BIPOCity – Unity Amongst Diversity' at the Ellington Jazz Club, featuring a showcase from Black, Indigenous and People Of Colour (BIPOC) performers.
Heading out of the city, you can experience existential comedy cabaret 'Hello, Asteroid' at Subiaco Arts Centre, the dark ritual of devotion in dance work 'You Are' at PS Art Space, or 'Get Pasted' at The Art Space Collective, a site-specific mural and exhibition investigating modern-day image bombardment.
In 2022 there are 16 new venues participating in Fringe World for the first time, in a programme featuring 75 per cent WA events. It's a great way to support local artists and those who have had a tough year as a result of COVID. The remainder of the programme features 6 per cent international artists, and 18 per cent from interstate. Perth Fringe World is on from 14 January-13 February 2022.