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Sydney Fringe Festival Guide 2019: Our Top 10 Events

Welcome to Sydney’s answer to boring nights out.

The Sydney Fringe Festival – New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival – has recently unveiled their ambitious program for 2019, which includes over 300 tantalising events.

Presented from September 1 until September 30 2019, the Fringe Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and continues to highlight Sydney’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program of performance, exhibitions and large-scale events spanning music, theatre, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry. Think 342 shows housing 120 world premieres, 129 Australian premieres and a further 38 Sydney premieres across 1360 performance sessions.

The festival launches with Fringe Ignitethe official opening party on 1 September. In partnership with Kings Street Crawl, the party will fill the entire length of Newtown’s King Street with live music catering for all ages. From there, the bustling metropolitan world of Sydney gets wild with all sorts of exuberant events. Allow us to show you our most anticipated events in this handy guide.

10 Comedians Comedy Cruise

What’s the best way to enjoy live stand-up comedy at Sydney Fringe? A comedy showcase on a cruise of course! Join 10 Comedians on their Comedy Harbour Cruise for a complete night out enjoying comedy and dinner on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Your ticket includes a delicious three-course dinner (GF and veg options available), and you get access to an on-board bar serving a selection of drinks available to purchase. After dinner, relax and laugh with the 10 Comedians show.

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The Rhythmboat - King Street Wharf 28 September 85+

Best of the Fest

When you’re stuck on which comedians to see, we recommend going to the Best of the Fest. There you’ll get to see handpicked comedians from the festival, bringing you the ultimate sneak peek of the Fringe Festival’s biggest and brightest international and local stars jam-packed into a one-hour show. New acts go up every Thursday to Sunday during the Fringe and tickets are a cheap and cheerful $15 each!

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The Hilarium, Sydney 1-29 September 19

Discharged! A Nursing Cabaret

Discharged! is the award-winning sister show of the worldwide smash hit Triage! Get ready for more musical medical madness with the Matron herself, Zule. Zule attained her nursing degree in 2004 and has grown her experience and skills in stage productions. Discharged explores the ‘family business’, the secrets, the hilarity and the heartaches are revealed with stories from her mother and her grandmother.

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City Tattersalls Fringe Hub, Sydney 21-22 September 39

Heaps Gay

Heaps Gay is just as it sounds, without the nasty connotations. It’s a vibrant and eclectic evening of all things weird and wonderful. Think tacky carpet, steamy music and raunchy performances. These party-starters are bringing you a deliciously dirty and fun night this Sydney Fringe in an RSL of all places. Get ready to assemble your queer family for this big one.

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City Tattersalls Fringe Hub, Sydney 14 September TBA

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

This is the multi-award-winning, sellout spoof seminar from the School of Survival that teaches you everything you need to know to thrive and survive when the dead come alive. Through simulations, discussions and demonstrations, four elite members of the School of Survival will take you through an interactive seminar, teaching you not only how to survive but helping you discover who in the auditorium will be the ultimate survivor. 

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City Tattersalls Fringe Hub, Sydney September 18-29 34

It's a Match! A Tinder Comedy

It’s a Match! is a Tinder-themed panel show where we explore people’s love lives onstage in a hilarious and heartfelt show filled with stand up, sketches and stories! The rules are simple: you put your name in the bucket on the night or online and if you are selected, you get up onstage and have your profile reviewed by our panel of “experts”! It’s gonna be embarrassing, heartfelt, honest, gross, and also very very funny.

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Kings Cross Hotel, Potts Point 8-22 September 19

Michael Hing - Burn It All Down

The failed Senate candidate and life long bon-vivant Michael Hing examines the ever more horrifying world we live in, and tries (desperately) to remain good-natured about the fact that it’s all a complete mess and we’ve absolutely fucked it. Michael Hing is a comedian, actor and television and radio host, most notably from channels like The Feed on SBS and Triple J on the radio.

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The Factory Theatre, Marrickville 25-27 September 9.90

Minnie Cooper - From Chorus Boy To Leading Lady

Minnie Cooper is a drag queen staple of Sydney’s iconic gay strip Oxford Street, and she’s bringing her first-ever one-woman show, combining her two greatest loves: drag queening and musical theatre. Get to know the man behind the makeup, from his childhood of dancing, singing and playing with barbie dolls in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and how this all led to performing on London’s West End and finally becoming a drag icon of Oxford Street.

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City Tattersalls Fringe Hub, Sydney 15-29 September 36

Peter Allen Live in Inverted Commas

Before there was Adele or Glee, it was Peter Allen with songs of love and life that held a slightly camp place in people’s hearts around the world – even when you didn’t know he wrote them. What drives a man to make such a mark? Join entertainer Matthew Hadgraft and take the fabulous journey from rural NSW to the top of the world and back, with all the sites, the songs, and all the feels along the way.

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City Tattersalls Fringe Hub, Sydney 15 September 30

Speed: The Movie, The Play

Yes, you heard right. A play based on that 1994 action thriller about a bus that couldn’t drive slower than 50 miles per hour, lest it blow up to smithereens. Climb aboard a vintage bus for a shameless comedic homage to our favourite film which proved once and for all the best drama is on public transport. Warning: contains Hollywood-ish special effects and jokes about Keanu Reeves’ career.

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Atherden St, The Rocks 20-29 September 40