2015 Fringe World Festival Selections – Part 2

Armed with another bottle of wine, a pen, and an opened mind Craig Dalglish once again trawled through the 500 acts listed in the program and culled, to come up with another 7 selections for the last weeks of the Perth Fringe World Festival.

Venus in Fur

Image - Robert Frith
Image – Robert Frith

Thursday 15 January – Sunday 8 February

State Theatre Centre of WA – Studio Underground

William Street, Perth.

A sexy and gripping exploration of domination and power – part comedy, part thriller. The play follows Thomas, a New York playwright so fascinated with fiery actress Vanda, he confuses fact with fiction, and becomes her willing slave, or does he? Things take a turn for the strange when Vanda comes to enjoy and abuse her newfound power.

Ives’ sexually charged comedy was the most produced play in the US in 2014, lauded by Broadway audiences and the subject of a recent film.

This quirky take on the intimate relationship between man and woman, is sure to ignite excitement. Can you respect those without power? Can you love those you cannot respect? Venus in Fur is a brilliantly written psychological strip tease that will keeping audiences enraptured until the thrilling conclusion.

Big Boys II

Big Boys II

Thursday 5 February – Wednesday 11 February 2015

Teatro 2

The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge.

In the latest instalment of Big Boys, Ash finds himself in a predicament when a stripper at his bull party steals his father-in-law-to-be’s luxury car.
But Brad devises a plan for the brothers to enter the “So you think you can strictly come winning this dance competition” reality dance competition, win the prize money and buy a new car.
Of course it seems ludicrous but this insane plan actually works out.
But they smash that car, miss the wedding, the bride leaves Ash a note saying she needs some space and so begins a rollercoaster adventure where the two brothers embark on a mission to get the wedding back on track.

Will Ash re-unite with his wife to be? Can Brad realise his dream of their dance “going viral”?
What makes this show an awesome entertainer is its mix of a laugh-a-minute script, a great selection of music, very impressive hip hop and contemporary dance and an exciting lighting and audio display, all weaved together to produce a show where every scene is a treat.



13 Playlovers

Wednesday 4 February – Saturday 14 February 2015

Hackett Hall

Draper Street, Floreat.

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe.

These labels that can last a lifetime – and this new musical from Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown is a fascinating musical experience for all ages.

The cast is comprised entirely of teenagers, but the stories that come to life here are ageless, the emotions they explore timeless, the laughter and the memories they provide priceless.
13. The new musical about fitting in – and standing out!

When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done.

The most popular guy in school is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.
With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, “13” is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

Featuring 13 of Perth’s most talented 13 year old musical theatre performers.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Sunday 8 February – Sunday 15 February 2015

Big Top

The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge.

“I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was”

Inspired by Shakespeare’s classic, Kinetica’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ immerses you in the dark and surreal world of the Athenian woods.

Titania is a gender-bending Fairy Queen, Puck is a grotesque acrobatic “hobgoblin” and 4 lovers create a literal aerial love tangle on the 4-person trapeze. As the story unfolds, Puck’s magical love potion causes mischief and unexpected transformations throughout the cast, whilst suspended acrobats surprise and enchant the audience with their spectacular circus acts.

It’s dark and sexy with amazing acrobatics; a must-see at this year’s Fringe!

Kinetica is a contemporary circus company based in Perth, Western Australia, that specialises in fusing awe-inspiring aerial circus, contortion and acrobatics with quirky and darkly-comedic storytelling. Coming from an entirely SOLD OUT season in 2014 with their circus-burlesque collaboration REVEAL, Kinetica’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is sure to surprise, delight and amuse Fringe World audiences and lovers of circus and Shakespeare alike.

Join us for this classic tale with a circus twist and remember…

“The course of true love never did run smooth”


Matthew Mitcham’s Twists and Turns

Image- John Mcrae
Image- John Mcrae

Tuesday 10 February – Monday 16 February

The West Austrlaian Speigeltent

The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge.

Matthew Mitcham OAM is the 2008 Olympic champion from the 10m platform, having received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history. He is the first Australian male to win an Olympic gold medal in diving since 1924. Winner of a gold medal and two silver at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Matthew has recently released his autobiography Twists and Turns, which reveals a life behind the international spotlight that has been plagued by low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, panic attacks and repeated self-harm as a teenager, leading on to drug abuse. He has also struggled with issues relating to his sexuality and is one of few Olympians to compete at the event as an openly gay man.

All of this he has battled and overcome to achieve greatness.

Away from the diving pool Matthew is a talented singer and musician, who invites you to share the highs and lows of his incredible young life through inspirational theatre and song, when this 2014 Fringe World Best Cabaret award winning show returns to Perth.


Call GirlsCall Girls

Thursday 12 February – Sunday 15 February


The Pleasure Garden, James Street, Northbridge.

Two call centre operators navigating their way through ergonomically challenged work environments, horror calls and office crushes, while never losing their sense of humour or their sanity. Your call IS important to them – that’s why they’ve put you in a phone queue and made you listen to Greensleeves for the last 20 minutes!


Gillian Cosgriff is Whelmed


Tuesday 10 February to Saturday 21 February

PICA Performance Space

“I know you can be overwhelmed and I know you can be underwhelmed but can you ever just be whelmed?” Yes. You can.*

It’s a real word – an old one that’s faded from popular vernacular. As someone who relies on solid facts to feel stable in an ever-changing world, Gillian is utterly whelmed to discover this.

Who asks: in a world obsessed with being happy, being grateful, and finding joy in the little things, is it okay to just be whelmed?

And one more thing

Why not check out the free events before or after seeing your show, staged in and around the performance areas. For a full list Click here.

To view the program and book tickets visit fringeworld.com.au

Or book at Perth Cultural Centre Box Office from 12 February from Noon – 6:00pm.

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