The Sydney Fringe Festival is making a huge comeback this month for its first physical edition in two years. And what a spectacle it’s going to be – over 500 events with 2,000 performers at some 50 venues across Sydney will take place from August 16 to September 30.
“When we started planning for this year’s festival, we didn’t know what the reaction from the artists would be – we were expecting a much smaller festival, [but] we got it wrong,” Sydney Fringe director and CEO Kerri Glasscock said. Large format. “Sydney artists are ready and willing to come back and bring incredible work to the public; our job has really been to support them as much as possible and to ensure that as many safety nets as possible are in place to make their comeback as successful as possible.
“Sydney Fringe is a gift to the city every year, lovingly done by our local artists. I really hope this year’s festival provides a level of excitement for the audience and encourages everyone to leave the comfort of their living rooms. and return to theaters. Every year, Fringe celebrates the stories of Sydney, its places and spaces. This year, more than ever, the festival will hopefully remind everyone how lucky we are and what we Our creative community in Sydney is truly one of the best in the world, and this year’s program is a testament to its determination, creativity, generosity and drive.
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With so much to see, Large format asked Glasscock for eight events to verify that might otherwise have gone under the radar.
Six women standing in front of a white wall
In 2019, [performance art company] Little Dove Theater Art put on one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever seen at the Fringe, called Evangeline. This year, they present an incredible work called Six women standing in front of a white wall. It’s the 15th anniversary production of a show that’s been shown all over the world and they’re bringing together a cast from all over Australia for this season. Their work challenges the boundaries of what theater is; it touches you deeply as a spectator and questions the major issues of society. This is not to be missed.
September 20-24; Seymour Center, Chippendale.
Introducing Aunt Jude
It’s the brainchild of one of Sydney’s most brilliant but often hidden theater makers, Alison Bennet. It’s a 60-minute celebration of life lived off the beaten track, and features live cello, original music, clowning, and shoulder dancing. You never know what you’re going to get with Bennet’s work. But one thing is guaranteed: it will be hilarious and brilliant at the same time. You might leave not really knowing what just happened, but as the days go by, you’ll connect the dots and be more and more satisfied.
From September 6 to 10; Seymour Center, Chippendale.
110% on average
I have no idea what it’s going to be, but I love everything about it and it also embodies the essence of Fringe: that everyone can participate and art should be something you do because that you like it. This solo show sees Anita Lovell take us through her roller skating and tap dancing routines and perform a few sonnets. I predict 110% warm and fuzzy feelings from this one.
September 20-24; The Boom Boom Room, Erskineville.
This one had me as a slogan: “It’s a bit of comedy, a bit of cabaret and a lot of Katy Perry”. It’s performed by an amazing up-and-coming artist, Sarah Carroll, and [she] has a team of guns behind her, including playwright Nadia Townsend and mentor Victoria Falconer. I suspect this will be one of the dormant shows at the festival.
From September 13 to 17; The Boom Boom Room, Erskineville.
Featuring a 15-meter-long dinosaur skeleton puppet, this work explores the human cost of creating a legacy and gives voice to those who are silenced when history is made.
September 20-24; Flight Path Theatre, Marrickville.
Blacklux: Fast-track insights
An improvisational jam with a dance, video and still image artist using black and white visuals to explore…Lucky Lartey’s…traditional [Akan, Ghana] culture, mixing traditional West African dance with the language of contemporary dance.
September 27-29; Newtown Performing Arts High School, Newtown.
The museum this morning
Jim Fishwick is the mastermind behind this and he’s a very funny and very smart theater maker. It is partly a personal exhibition, partly an artistic project. It uses the experiences of the audience earlier in the day to create a collaborative storytelling experience and on-stage exposition. Each performance is completely unique and full of tiny magical moments.
September 27 & 28; Newtown Performing Arts High School, Newtown.
Drawing from life with an actor
This is the life drawing class you never knew you wanted to go to, taking all the good, bad and bad sides of a life drawing class and creating a safe space to express yourself. , while laughing at yourself and others. It is hosted by award-winning comedian and professional visual artist Sam Kissajukian.
From September 11 to 18; The Bamboozle Room, Potts Point.
The Sydney Fringe Festival runs from August 15 to September 30 at various venues across Sydney. Tickets are now on sale.