If you’ve been hiding under a culture free rock you may have missed the opening weekend of Perth’s premier festival, packed with the weird and wonderful, Fringe World ’16. At Fringe anything goes. Cabaret, theatre, visual arts, comedy, burlesque and much much more, Perth City and beyond sparkles for a month of quirk, with something for everyone. I’m a huge Fringe fan and at the point of publishing this blog post I’ve already attended three Fringe events and have a whole bunch more up my sleeve. It truly is my favourite time of the year.
I love attending a mixture of shows at Fringe, be it burlesque or comedy or cabaret, but one thing I’ve noticed about this years program is the amount of girl power to hit the festival. Women rock, and personally I find a female driven show that little bit more relatable. Nothing against the boys, but I’m a totally lady lover, and a strong woman doing her thing gets a thumbs up on this end. If you too love a bit of girl power I’ve reviewed three shows you need to check out over the festival. From a woman with amazing vocal chords, to a troupe of sensual babes shaking their behind’s to a comedy and cabaret queen with twist, this year is all about the ladies!
NOIR REVUE | NOODLE PALACE | 28, 29 JAN | TICKETS
Sexy, sensual and sassy, if you’re looking for a Fringe show combining the three plus an amazing live jazz band you have to check out Noir Revue at Noodle Palace. Curvaceous, confident babes shimmied and shook their way across the stage to the sweet tunes of the band, as the art of burlesque unfolded before our eyes.
The storyline was witty and dark, taking you back to the time of the femme fatale, and the destructive path they led – no man was left unscathed. The show features drama, sass, a little bit of romance and a whole lot of attitude. It almost felt as if I’d been transferred to a seedy unground bar and I didn’t want to leave. The burlesque beauties were a whole lot of woman and more. Oozing sex appeal and more confidence than your average lady, they took over the stage, captivating the audience with their moves (and swinging hips)! The show contains your usual dose of burlesque “nudity” – so leave your Nanna at home, grab the girls and get involved.
AMELIA RYAN IS LADY LIBERTY | THE PLEASURE GARDEN | JAN 25, 26, 26 | TICKETS
Do you feel liberated? How does one become liberated? Those were two of the questions discussed at cabaret comedienne Amelia Ryan’s new show “Amelia Ryan is Lady Liberty”. On the quest to liberation Amelia faced the usual ups and downs, including the journey to being #blessed, a love affair with wine, Persian princes declaring their undying love to her, living in “Raderlaide” and the perils of becoming a yogi. Oh, and her gay dad of course. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Amelia do her thing – her sister show “Storm In A D-Cup” is a hilarious tale you need to see. More on that show here (and ticket info here, running 27, 28, 29 and 30th of January). Basically she’s a bad ass, and at the end of the day as long as you are happy, you don’t need to be that #blessed bitch drinking green juice with her vegan boyfriend and 32.5K Instagram followers. Girl power!
Note to those attending Amelia’s shows: she loves audience involvement and somehow I was pulled onto the stage to assist in one of her acts. Whilst being part of a Fringe show is pretty much bucket list material (tick), I was shaking like a bloody leaf the entire time! So fun though. But if you’re not ready for your Fringe stage debut do not sit in the front row! Lucky I had a few wines before I saw the show, haha!
Ps – Adelaide kids, Amelia is heading to Adelaide Fringe 16 in Feb! Yes!
A SUMMERS NIGHT IN PARIS | THE PARROT HOUSE | FEB 11 | TICKETS
If you’re not too keen on city driving or parking in Northbridge or the CBD for Fringe World then don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out on the most festive time in the Perth arts and culture calendar for the year. Last year we saw Fringe World expand to Midland (hello Midlandia) and Fremantle (welcome Freo Royale), but the newest kid on the venue block is a fresh and shiny Maylands location for all things cabaret, comedy and more. Introducing “The Parrot House”, Fringe’s newest boutique pop up venue. Hidden in a suburban street in an art space, The Parrot House is your one stop for a mix of burlesque, music, theatre, laughter and Fringe-goodness, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The lady of the hour at The Parrot House on the launch evening was Catherine Summers, a gorgeous sequin clad babe with a voice to match. The vocal chords on this lass! Catherine is acclaimed for her live performances and is one of Perth’s most engaging and charismatic vocalists, and I was blown away when she opened her mouth. The sweet, quietly spoken lady in her introduction quickly became the 1940’s version of Beyoncé. Amazing. Accompanied by a five piece jazz band and a few cheeky burlesque dancers, this really isn’t one to miss. Get your tickets now guys, three of her shows have already sold out!
If you’re looking for more ladies to check out over the month of Fringe, here are a few others not to miss.
2 JOKE GIRLS | Comedy
THE KRANSKY SISTERS – PIECE OF CAKE | Comedy
FAMOUS SHARRON: FAME FACTOR | Comedy
REBECCA DE UNAMUNO: Kiss My Date | Comedy
BURLESQUE IDOL | Cabaret
Are you a Fringe fan? Have you seen any shows? Do you love a female driven show?