Melbourne has just transformed into a platform for any kind of art form imaginable… and boy it’s going to be good.
For 2.5 weeks, starting September 13, you’ll be able to delve into the creative world made up of 3,000 artists, over 450 works across 170+ venues. But, with so many outstanding performances, it may be a little difficult to choose what to see. Never fear, we’ve picked our top eight performances, from circus and cabaret to good ol’ classic stand up – there really is something for everyone!
Casting Off, by A Good Catch
Our number one pick has to be Casting Off. The three legendary sheilas have just returned from Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they won the Total Theatre Award (Circus) for 2018 – so you know it’s going to be good! It’s a wonderful gravity-defying, cross-generational show that will inspire all. Think creative tumble, talk, incredible acts of balance and a whole heap of comedy! This is our pick for the Melbourne Fringe Award! Oh we forgot to mention, you could also win your tickets on facebook or instagram on us!
Circus-Cision Those that made the cut!
Circus-Cision features some of the best circus acts of the Fringe… It’s a big call, but it’s the right one. Expect a raucous late-night variety show hosted by the incredible Head First Acrobats (creators of smash hit Elixir). They’ll be featuring a mash-up of Spiegeltent legends, home-grown favourites, and the freshest and hottest circus superstars of this year’s festival. If you want to see some of the best circus performances, Circus-Cision is for you!
40’s A Decade of Variety
Are you a lover of 1940s music? Of course you are – a decade of variety with an overabundance of comedy for radio, film and stage. Out of the turmoil brought about by WWII, some of the most enjoyable and wondrous acts were created to remind us all of the beauty in the world. MBCTA Theatre has designed a 40’s show of comedy skits; songs and dances that will make us revel in nostalgia. Take a seat, relax and be ready to time travel to the 40’s.
GINGZILLA: Glamonster VS The World
The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world! Gingzilla: Glamonster VS the World presents gender equality and femininity from the 1950s to now. It’s a fabulous performance mixing 1950s films like Godzilla, Swamp Monster and King Kong to make the ultimate Glamonster – who proves to be both glamorous & monstrous. The 7ft ginger-bearded drag queen will have you in absolute awe and only wanting more. Better yet, she’s already won a tonne of awards including: The Best Cabaret (Weekly), Adelaide 2017, Overall Innovation Award, Adelaide 2017 and World Fringe Alliance Award 2018.
Michael Shafar – A Work in Progress
We’ve already seen and heard him thanks to SBS’s RAW Comedy, ABC’s Comedy Bites and triple j’s Good Az Friday; so we’re pretty stoked he’s performing at this year’s Fringe Festival! Michael Shafar is also one of Australia’s fastest rising comedians and is pretty talented – hence why he is a writer for The Project and is the creator of Round Squares. If you want to be in pain from laughing too much, we’ve found the perfect gig for you!
Stark and Dormy by Bunk Puppets
The story kicks off in a small town where trouble is brewing… Intrigued yet? Of course you are! This delightfully clever performance comes from the master storytellers, Bunk Puppets. It creates a new sprawling adventure in puppetry, sketch comedy and unabashedly cool lo-fi theatrical effects. Watch as household objects are transformed into a live cartoon adventure, but for adults. These guys also have the seal of approval by winning the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Awards. These hugely successful performers have travelled the globe with their absurdist visual stories, with raucous and eye-popping results!
Shania Choir: Twain Again
We are all very ready for Shania Twain’s Aussie Tour starting at the end of November. It’s been 20 years! But, if you need a dose of Shania to get you through, we’ve found the perfect fix. Shania Choir: Twain Again will be weaving her country music classics into a cappella harmony that will have you boot scootin’, popping on your leopard wardrobe and singing along to her hits like ‘Man I feel like a Woman’, ‘From This Moment On’ and ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’… oh, and don’t think they’ve left out her fabulous new album – it’s also made the cut. Get on board the ridiculously fun journey and start warming up those vocal chords – you’re in for a wonderful treat!
Blues You Can Use - Dreamboogie
If you’re after an evening of unique storytelling, poetry and song, this is the event for you! Lead vocalist, Rebecca Davey communicates with the audience honestly through the use of Blues music. “Blues is about the truth” she says. “The joys, and sorrows of life, the challenges and excitements, love and sex – Blues addresses them all”. Sam Buckley (guitar), Connor O’Neil (bass) and Robert B Dillon (drums) are simply outstanding and lay the perfect foundation for each performance. Their smooth rhythm and skill will leave you wanting more. Dreamboogie have previously won 2011 + 2015 awards for MBAS Blues Performer of the Year, representing Melbourne in the in the Blues Challenge in Memphis.