Fringe World 2020: Top Must-See Shows

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Perth folk get excited! Fringe World 2020 promises to be even bigger and better than previous years; with jaw-dropping circus performances, hilarious local and international comedians, risqué cabarets, and a lot of fun-filled acts to entertain your summer nights.

We highly encourage you to go to as many shows as you can this year. Not only you will have a chance to discover incredible performers from all around the world, but you will also support local businesses and artists who’ve put all their heart and energy into creating incredible shows, brilliant entertainment venues and delicious food. Our iconic MadFish Fountain Bar will once again be located in The Woodside Pleasure Garden and will be serving your favourite WA wines every evening for the entire duration of Fringe World.

So grab your guide as we’re unveiling our top 8 performances for the upcoming season!

A SIMPLE SPACE

[ Circus ]

The must-see, internationally acclaimed circus sensation is back! Seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve, supported by driving live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat and hear every breath. "Cirque du Soleil with a fistful of grit" ★★★★★ UK Express, 2014. "A total triumph" The Guardian. We’re hooked!

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A DISNEY TRIBUTE: ONCE UPON A TEASER

[ Cabaret ]

Coming back to the WA stage after a sold-out season! Join us on this magic carpet ride, to see the naughty tributes and parodies of your favourite characters from the Disney classics. This show features award-winning professional burlesque dancers from across Australia, as well as supporting new emerging artists. Shhh…Don’t tell your children about it!

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AT LEAST THERE'LL BE FOOD...

[ Theatre ]

This show is for the foodaholic, the foodgrammer and the adventurers at heart! Ex-Masterchef Australia contestant Ben Bullock spent 2 years on a motorbike eating his way across the planet. Now he brings these mouthwatering recipes to FRINGE WORLD for you to taste and try at home. Listen to the stories, experience the flavours and learn the deliciously simple dishes from a 35,000km journey...hey, at least there'll be food!

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CAGED

[ Circus ]

It's Berlin, 1929 and the performers at the Kabarett are keeping a dark secret... seductive, forbidden and electrifying, join us for an unmissable night of jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics, burlesque and naughty fun. Dark and subversive with an unexpected twist, you've never seen circus like this before! Get wild and let loose from what cages you... This show will give you the chills!

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BY A THREAD

[ Circus ]

Seven acrobats and thirty metres of rope ... Returning for its final year By a Thread's breathtaking acrobatics explores the relationship between trust and risk - six metres above the ground. "An intricate and mesmerising piece of art" ★★★★½ ArtsHub , "Exceptional humans pushing the limits of their art" ★★★★½ The West Australian Get ready to feel the adrenaline rush from your seats!

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THE CHOIR OF MAN

[ Music & Musicals ]

Exhilarating, funky and rousing!  Direct from the stages of their world tour, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and two hit Sydney Opera House seasons, Choir of Man make their Perth debut with their good-time powerhouse vocals smashing your favourite pub classics, rock ballads and pop hits. Grab your mates and get ready to press play on the ‘ultimate feel good show'!

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JOSH GLANC: GLANCE YOU FOR HAVING ME

[ Comedy ]

Winner: Best Comedy FRINGE WORLD 2017. It completely sold out last year, now it returns, fresh from a total revamp and smash-hit runs in London and Edinburgh. “It twists and turns and draws you in… absolutely gripping… extraordinary” ★★★★ The Scotsman (2019). “Groundbreaking" ★★★★★ Funny Tonne (2019). Smart, hilarious and avant-garde. The perfect ice-breaker for a first date!

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COMEDY HYPNOTIST MATT HALE: RANDOM ACTS OF MINDNESS

[ Comedy & Cabaret ]

Real Hypno, Real Fun! The sellout feelgood show of the fest is back with a brand new stack of hilarious hypno suggestions. Enjoy from onstage or in audience (you choose!). "Seriously LOL, go see it" Urban List, 2018. ★★★★★ “Full of laughs” Perth Life, 2019. ★★★★½ The West, 2019. ★★★★★ Perth Happenings, 2018. ★★★★★ ”Drooling with laughter” Cream, 2017. Are you ready to lose control?!

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