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Five local shows and venues to kick start your Fringe-binge

WA’s never more alive than when Fringe World rolls around – a cavalcade of award-winning Australian and international acts entertaining audiences over one action-packed month filled with “oohs” and “ahs”.

There’s also an army of local talent set to sizzle at one of the biggest Fringe World festivals ever –  talented performers who, like us, are proud to call WA home.

Recent chat around the Kleenheat water cooler has uncovered some of the local shows and spaces we’re excited to explore during this year’s festival.

West is best – five local performances we’ve got our eye on

Matt Hale’s Feelgood Factory

More than 20 years ago, Matt Hale decided to make Perth is new home and he hasn’t looked back – taking his flair for comedy hypnosis from tin sheds in rural WA to cruise liners and sold-out shows across the globe.

In his fourth stint at Fringe World, Feelgood Factory will have audiences leaving with a bellyful of laughs and plenty of warm fuzzies, whether they’re on the stage or in the audience.

Where: Megamouth at Yagan Square; Piazza at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City; Big Top at Sunset Veranda at Scarborough; Redmond Theatre.
When: Fridays from 25 January to 15 February
Cost: $35
Kleenheat Sizzle Factor: Mild (check locations for 18+ restrictions)

Fringe World Mermaids @ The Splash Zone

What’s a Fringe World without the our favourite mermaids making plenty of happy waves at The Splash Zone?

Perfect for the young and the young at heart, the mermaids are the darlings of The Pleasure Garden and a must-see for anyone yet to experience the magic of Fringe.

If you’re yet to experience a Fringe World Mermaids performance, drop by to blow a kiss, hear a tale, or just enjoy a splashy afternoon. Remember to have a towel handy as audiences can get wet – which can be welcome relief on a warm WA summer’s day!

Where: The Pleasure Garden, Northbridge
When: 22 January to 17 February
Cost: Free
Kleenheat Sizzle Factor: Mild

Brewed Laughter – Beer tasting with a comedian

WA’s in the midst of a craft beer explosion, with local brewers hopping over one another to produce fruity, funky and flavoursome fermentations.

In all the froth and bubble, it’s easy to get  lost in a sea of acronyms – IPAs, IPLs, NEIPAs – but throw a comedian-and-beer-drinking expert into the mix and it all makes perfectly-hilarious sense.

Expect a delicious voyage of the frothy senses, with a new comedian and different beers each show and five tastings included in with your ticket.

Where: SONAR Room, Fremantle; The Rooftop at The Lucky Shag, Perth CBD
When: 22 January to 17 February
Cost: $25
Kleenheat Sizzle Factor: Medium (18+ restricted)

The Colour of Earth

Perth-based fashion photographer Tasha Faye introduces a photo series exploring the distinct identities of women of colour in WA, their experiences, and what it means to exist in this world being a woman and non-white.

Where: The Gallery at Paper Mountain
When: 1 February to 16 February
Cost: Free
Kleenheat Sizzle Factor: Mild

Bush Poetry & Yarn Spinning on the Swan

The Perth city skyline provides your backdrop for cruising our beautiful Swan River as local bush poets share stories and spin memorable yarns.

Inspired by the timeless work of Banjo Patterson, lovers of bush verse will enjoy listening to a special performance covering a range of favourites from poets past and present – plus unique and funny stories about characters from remote Australia.

Where: Crystal Swan, Barrack Street Jetty, Perth
When: 31 January and 7 February
Cost: $25
Kleenheat Sizzle Factor: Medium

Fringe dwellings – five must-visit locations for 2019 Fringe World

The Woodside Pleasure Garden, Northbridge
A stone’s throw from FRINGE Central at The Perth Cultural Centre, The Pleasure Garden at Russell Square is Perth’s favourite Fringe playground. Enjoy a smorgasbord of ticketed entertainment, plus buskers, fabulous food and drinks, the Fringe World Mermaids and special kids programs each weekend.

> See opening hours and venue details

Sunset Veranda, Scarborough 

Explore the new Scarborough Beach at Fringe World’s new pop-up bar location, enjoying stunning sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy Insta-worthy views and the seaside vibe for free, or keep an eye out for exciting shows – such as the Sunset Veranda Comedy Gala – entertaining crowds in the Big Top.

> See opening hours and venue details

Matso’s Broome Time, Perth Cultural Centre

Fringe World has transformed Urban Orchard into a local paradise harking back to the glory days of the 1990’s in WA’s tropical north. Think pub rock silent discos and cocktail-inspired Sunday sessions set to reset your body clock to Broome time.

> See opening hours and venue details

Yagan Square, Perth

Yagan Square has undergone its biggest transformation yet – with a Fringe World takeover turning our newest city hub into a major festival entertainment zone. Meet your friends where the city meets Northbridge and five pop-up performance venues will have you spoilt for choice.

> See opening hours and venue details

The Ice Cream Factory, Northbridge

Perth’s hottest pop-up venue is back on the scene, serving up delicious food, cold drinks and good vibes – the perfect meeting spot for your 2019 Fringe-binge. Yum!

> See opening hours and venue details


Some like it hot – pick your perfect Fringe World show with the Kleenheat Sizzle FactorKleenheat Sizzle Factor

We get it – picking a Fringe show can be delightfully challenging.

If the shows above aren’t tickling your fancy, the Kleenheat Sizzle Factor is on hand to help select the perfect Fringe World show for you. Enjoy!


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12 Responses to “Five local shows and venues to kick start your Fringe-binge

  1. January 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm
    Thomas McDinald said:

    Have been to a few Fringes now and would not miss it in a million years. Best shows I”ve seen in I don”t know how long.

    • Bhavna
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      January 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm
      Bhavna said:

      Perth really comes alive when the Fringe is on! Some really good shows this year, hope you catch some good ones.

  2. January 24, 2019 at 3:32 pm
    Brian Hughes said:

    I”m a 70years old and I would like to go to the. cricket for once In my life to celebrate and tell my grandkids I”ve been . Thankyou

    • Bhavna
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      January 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm
      Bhavna said:

      We hope you get to go to the cricket to Brian!

  3. January 24, 2019 at 4:04 pm
    Barbara Ford said:

    I have never been to the fringe shows but the ones you have picked look fantastic thanks.

    • Bhavna
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      January 24, 2019 at 5:25 pm
      Bhavna said:

      We hope you get to go to a couple this time Barbara!

  4. January 25, 2019 at 6:24 am
    Harry carmody said:

    Be great to go out and have realy good laught

    • Bhavna
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      January 25, 2019 at 10:05 am
      Bhavna said:

      Plenty of comedy shows to choose from!

  5. January 25, 2019 at 9:13 am
    Barbara Abercromby said:

    Went to FRONT at State Theatre Rehearsal Room about a Rock n Roll Band.
    Dramatic and dynamic production local Perth cast and writer.

    • Bhavna
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      January 25, 2019 at 10:04 am
      Bhavna said:

      Thanks for the recommendation Barbara! Hope you had a great night out.

  6. January 25, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    Judi Stipanicev said:

    Sounds great would love to go

  7. January 29, 2019 at 2:13 pm
    Kathy Davies said:

    Would love some comedy in my life love a good laugh .Like the old saying says: Laughter is the best medicine and it certainly is.

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