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Fringe World Festival 2012

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Perth’s Fringe World Festival is set to explode in 2012, with the full program launching online today, featuring over 150 shows happening over three and a half jam-packed weeks, from Australia Day, January 26- February 19.

Expanding on the success of the pilot program run in Fringe World’s Spiegeltent earlier in 2011, Perth’s first full Fringe Festival will bring the City to life in 2012 with events taking place in more than 30 traditional and non-traditional venues across the City and surrounds.

As part of the festival, the old Treasury Building on St Georges Terrace will open its doors to the public for the first time in over 15 years, with the space being transformed into a key performance hub for the 2012 Fringe World Festival, hosting over 50 shows over the course of the three and a half weeks.

Granted a rare one-off use of the Old Treasury Buildings by the WA State Government, Fringe World are building seven different temporary performance spaces throughout the Treasury and the neighbouring Perth Town Hall, for performances ranging from burlesque and aerial acrobatics to cabaret, comedy, music and theatre productions.

Part of the new life that Fringe World will be breathing into this important example of WA architectural history is The Treasure Chest, a huge free outdoor performance space, built into the vacant lot between the Treasury and Perth Town Hall. It will form the central entrance point to the Fringe World Treasury hub, from where punters will be able to explore the different spaces and performances on offer.

Other major hubs (besides the Fringe World Treasury) include the City of Perth Comedy Central hub in Northbridge and the Perth Cultural Centre. The Perth Cultural Centre hub will see both the return of the famous Spiegeltent in the Urban Orchard outside the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and for the first time ever, a show performed in the courtyard of the new State Theatre Centre. Premier Colin Barnett described the investment by the government in Fringe as being a part of the broader growth of culture across the state.

Program highlights of the 2012 Fringe include return acts The Wau Wau Sisters (USA), Barry Morgan (AUS) and The Freak and the Showgirl (US/UK), who are each returning with new shows because they loved Perth audiences so much.

Smash hit shows from Fringes around the globe will make their way to Perth including The Table (Poland), The Year of Magical W**king (Ireland), …miskien (South Africa), Die Roten Punkte (Germany) and Wacht! (Netherlands). Fringe festival favourite Meow Meow (USA) will also be stopping off at Perth Fringe World, hot on the heels of her already sold out Sydney Festival season.

A strong line up of local and national performers rounds out the program including Brisbane’s Briefs, Melbourne-based up-and-coming musical comedian Josh Earl with Josh Earl vs The Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book and Perth’s own Tim Watts (The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik) with his new show Pollyanna. STRUT dance will bring STRUTathon, a ten hour dance marathon, and 2008 Blue Room Award winning production Hope is the Saddest will be performed as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights program.

Children and families have not been forgotten in the mix with a stack of free and affordable family friendly shows on offer including award-winning shadow puppetry master Mr Bunk in Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones (Canada) and Glee Club-esque a cappella group Hong Kong Melody Makers (Hong Kong) putting a quirky twist on pop hits.

The Fringe kicks off on Australia Day 26 January with ‘4 Day Weekend’ featuring special free programs and pop-up treats across the Fringe World hubs and beyond. The festival runs over three and a half jam-packed weeks, with entertainment choices to amuse, bemuse, confound and inspire until 19 February.

Tickets are on sale now and range from $5 - $40. Punters are encouraged to get in quick as some shows will sell out fast.

The full program and tickets for all shows can be found at www.fringeworld.com.au.


Thursday, January 26 – Sunday, February 19, 2012


Perth, Western Australia

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