Our Picks for the Fringe World Festival in Perth

Fringe World Festival is back again this year and will keep the city buzzing over summer.

For Perthians, Fringe is a special time of the year. It’s the largest annual event in Western Australia and the third largest Fringe in the world. After the summer holidays have ended, the festival keeps the fun of summer going in Perth for 31 days of exciting events and entertainment, and the annual program of events is all about big variety and offering something for everybody. The line up is extensive and spreads across a bunch of different venues around Perth’s metropolitan area and includes comedy, circus, theatre, music, cabaret and much more presented by Western Australian artists along with performers from all over the world.

With so many great events to choose from, we’ve put together a list of our top picks.


Blank – Theatre

Nassim Soleimanpour’s Blank features performers who see the script for the first time as they walk on stage. Soleimanpour, an acclaimed Iranian playwright, now takes it to new extremes by riddling the script with blanks.

Where: Summer Nights at State Theatre Centre
Tickets from $23


fairybread-fringe-world-perthFairybread – Theatre

Fairybread is an original musical comedy which focuses on Elliot, as he prepares to host a farewell dinner for his group of friends. Incorporating elements of surrealism, isolation and intimacy, Fairybread blurs the line between dream and reality.

Where: Bento Box
Tickets from $21



monroe-and-associates-world-fringe-perthMonroe & Associates – Theatre

An audaciously immersive theatrical experience unlike any other. You’ve woken up in Sunset City Hospital. You have no memory of who you are or how you got there. All you have is a black hat, a key to a caravan, and a name: Frankie Monroe – Private Detective.

Where: Perth Cultural Centre
Tickets from $56



Nonna This – Comedy

In Nonna This, Delby tells stories about what it was like growing up Italian in Perth, funny stories from his day job as a teacher and his trials and tribulations in love (or lack of).

Where: Cheeky Sparrow
Tickets from $21



2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Crime – Theatre
See the show that sold out from Adelaide to London, San Francisco to Orlando. Australia’s favourite bumbling American mentalist detective is back.  Think Boardwalk Empire meets Naked Gun meets Derren Brown.

Where: Perth Cultural Centre
Tickets from $20
blossoms-and-bubbles-perth-world-fringeBlooms and Bubbles – Workshop

Get creative with floral design while sipping on sparkling wine. Let the bubbles fuel your creativity as as you create a beautiful floral arrangement in this fun workshop.

Where: Sunset Veranda – Big Top
Tickets from $29



By a Thread – Circus

Nine acrobats and 30 metres of rope. By a Thread is a circus creation exploring the relationship between trust and play. Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves connecting the artists’ movements above and off the ground.

Where: The Lunar Big Top, Russel Square
Tickets from $16



Cabaret Moonstruck – Cabaret

This circus odyssey of exhilarating talents is inspired by the historic Luna Park at Scarborough. Featuring aerial beauties, glamorous contortion, amazing manipulations and stunning feats of strength.

Where: Sunset Veranda – Big Top
Tickets from $26



‘Taken Space’, Leela Schauble and Madeline Bishop – Visial Art

The works will explore human presence among environments from which they are either visually absent or uninhabitable.

Where: Perth Centre for Photography
This is a free event.



Australia’s Funniest Shorts – Film & Multimedia

Australia’s Funniest Shorts features a collection of short films and sketches created by the country’s best comedians, funny people and filmmakers.

This is event is at two locations, click here for more details.
Tickets from $11



Brewed Laughter – Beer tasting with a comedian– Comedy

Join a comedian and beer-drinking expert as they take you on a voyage of the frothy sense. Includes six beer tastings.

Where: Freo Royale at Fremantle Town Hall
Tickets from $26



Fag/Stag – Theatre

Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs command the stage as two unreliable narrators telling the same story from different points of view in a truthful but comic insight into the mind of the modern Australian man.

Where: Perth Town Hall
Tickets from $21


Next Gen Short Film Festival – Film & Multimedia

The Next Gen Short Film Festival will screen a variety of short films by emerging Perth filmmakers where the audience gets the chance to vote for their favourite to win the People’s Choice Award.

Where: The Backlot
Tickets from $31


Alex McAleer: Mind Reader – Cabaret

Relying on his expertise in psychology, unique mentalism techniques and masterful analysis of audience members, McAleer reveals the inner working of the human brain and demonstrates why you should never play cards with a mind reader.

Where: State Library of WA
Tickets from $21