Melbourne Fringe: Best of part 6

It’s the third weekend of the Melbourne Fringe, which means it’s your last chance to see some of the best and most curious of independent art and artists. Fringe is art without a safety net and so many shows are flying.

It’s probably impossible to get a ticket to UnSex Me, Black Faggot or They Saw a Thylacine, but you never know your luck and if you can’t see the one you want to see, buy a ticket to something else. But good news for Wolf Creek the Musical fans is that it’s moved into a much bigger theatre for tonight’s last show.

Homage to Uncertainty
Homage to Uncertainty

For the last best of, Homage to Uncertainty won the Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award at the Adelaide Fringe and is winning so many hearts that it might also be impossible to find a spare seat.

Emma Beech tells stories she’s collected and those of her own and she charms her audience from the moment she crawls onto to stage. Her stories are about how we live the big moments of our lives in the tiny moments and how we all spend so much time not doing what we look like we’re doing.

With a subtle but conscious theatricality that creates enough distance to remind us that Emma isn’t really our new best friend (but I could be wrong), her story is honest and as real as it needs to be to reach into our hearts.

This is gentle, smart and lovely theatre that’s created to share an experience with its audience, rather than simply tell a story.


But even if you don’t see a show tonight, the Fringe Hub will be over flowing as the final night Awards Party kicks off at 10. It’s time to cheer the amazing staff and volunteers who make the Fringe happen, flirt with the artists you adored from the audience, and see what shows the teams of judges chose as the Best.

And finally, it took me ages to get to it, but the most unmissable experience at the Hub is Confetti.

Head down the stairs to the Warren (the super lovely downstairs bar and discussion space) and look for the speechless men in suits on the right side of the bar (facing the bar). Give them some gold coins or a nice note. They will give you a balloon and will come and collect you when it’s your turn.

All I can say is that you knock on a door and go in … alone. It’s a one-person-only experience.

It lasts a minute or two and is the most fun minute of the Fringe. Just go and do it. Really.

Anne-Marie Peard

Anne-Marie spent many years working with amazing artists at arts festivals all over Australia. She's been a freelance arts writer for the last 10 years and teaches journalism at Monash University.

Anne-Marie Peard

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