Sydney Fringe Festival: Past Years

SUNDAY STORIES: A LOVELY EXPERIENCE OF WARM, COMIC STORYTELLING

SUNDAY STORIES was a lovely experience.  Created and presented by Elisa Cristallo,  it was a Sydney Fringe outing for a show which takes its cues from events like The Moth or from The Strangers podcast but with a good old fashioned Aussie heart.  Aussie/Italian heart maybe.  True stories told by a charming raconteur who is warm and engaging, not to mention charming and funny.  Quite a package.  And reinforced by a gentle “I’m not going to pick on you if you need a wee” … or a beer!  Just mosey on out. Continue reading SUNDAY STORIES: A LOVELY EXPERIENCE OF WARM, COMIC STORYTELLING

pool (no water) GIVEAWAY TO THIS FRINGILY PROVOCATIVE SHOW

pool (no water) from Loose End Productions is playing as part of the Sydney Fringe.

A famous artist invites her old friends out to her luxurious home and new swimming pool. For one night only, the group is back together again, pretending to be bohemian and carefree.

Provocative, edgy, dark, sexy, witty, manipulative. This production of pool (no water) draws on heightened extremes of feelings that not only all artists but all people have experienced to differing extents. A thought-provoking piece and a morality tale that probes the decadent culture of our time.  Directed by Maeliosa Stafford, Movement by Caroline Mooney.

pool (no water) from Loose End Productions [Facebook] plays 11-15 September, 8:30pm at The Living Room, 104 Erskineville Rd Erskineville.

With thanks to Loose End Productions, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass give-away to pool (no water)  The pass is valid for the show on Tuesday 11th September at 8:30pm.

To be in the running to win a double pass to pool (no water), email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with pool (no water) as the subject, along with your full name and email address.

Competition closes COB Monday 10th September, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the pass will be available at the Box Office on the night.

SMASH HITS AND STEREOTYPES: BACK FOR THE FRINGE

When The Guide saw SMASH HITS AND STEREOTYPES last year we wanted it to have a life (SAG Review) and here it is back for this year’s Sydney Fringe.

It’s Flora’s 21st birthday, and she and her friends have rented a beach house for the weekend. Strong drinks, farcical misunderstandings, intellectual debates, broken hearts, and catchy songs abound in SMASH HITS AND STEREOTYPES. This is a theatrical show that fuses together the musical, the ’90s slacker movie, noise rock, and Mozartean opera. The characters will confront chaos, creation, sex, cosmic entropy, and cake!

SMASH HITS AND STEREOTYPES was written, produced and directed by Ludwig van Distortion and Coco Grainger, the duo who recently brought you the gloriously offensive, “uber-intellectual” (quote from Dr. Holly) music-drama TYRANNO. As Distortion Forever they have produced three original pieces of musical theatre in two years - and they both hate musicals!

The reworked and revamped SMASH HITS AND STEREOTYPES from Distortion Forever [Facebook] will play 12-19 September at The Newsagency: 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale NSW 2038.

DANCING DOESN’T COUNT; NEW QUEER WORK FOR THE FRINGE. GIVEAWAY

Featured image: Gemma Clinch and Eleanore Knox Photo credit: Shannan Ely

A half truth; a vacant apology; a need for love and commitment that’s never met. DANCING DOESN’T COUNT at where we draw the line between doing right by each other and doing right by ourselves.

A new Australian play written by recent Sydney Theatre School graduate Gemma Clinch, DANCING DOESN’T COUNT follows the story of Casey and Steph – two people who were perhaps never quite right for each other. This production also explores queer narratives in ways that we don’t often see on the Australian stage. Continue reading DANCING DOESN’T COUNT; NEW QUEER WORK FOR THE FRINGE. GIVEAWAY

SCARECROW: LUST AND BETRAYAL FOR SYDNEY FRINGE. GIVEAWAY

This image: Gemma Scoble in SCARECROW
Featured image: Blake Wells in SCARECROW

SCARECROW by Don Nigro.    A lonely girl lives with her eccentric mother in an old farmhouse on the edge of a cornfield. She meets a strange man under a tree by the creek and is led into a web of lust and betrayal. Scarecrows are supposed to frighten crows, but the scarecrow in this cornfield is something more…

Directed by Deborah Jones with Assistant Director Naomi Livingstone.  With Gemma Scoble, Romney Stanton and Blake Wells.

SCARECROW [Facebook Event] from Dead Fly Productions will play Blood Moon Theatre 25-29 September as part of the Sydney Fringe.

With thanks to Dead Fly Productions, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass give-away to SCARECROW by Don Nigro.  The pass is valid for the show on Wednesday 26th September at 7pm.

To be in the running to win a double pass to SCARECROW, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with SCARECROW as the subject, along with your full name and email address.

Competition closes MIDNIGHT Sunday 16th September, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the pass will be available at the Box Office on the night.

FOREIGN WOMAN: MY PICK OF THE SYDNEY FRINGE SO FAR

That’s sort of the purpose of going to festivals like Edinburgh and our home-grown Sydney Fringe.  To see work that’s raw and developing.  To immerse in wonder at what trends are emerging, what styles are popular and what looks like it is going to have a life.  Pretty much everything I see has passion behind it and at 10 bucks a ticket you know they are not doing it for the money.

FOREIGN WOMAN had a brief showing at Blood Moon Theatre recently.  And the reality is, that if you can get me to sit in that faded 70s disco glamour with uncomfortable seats and limited tech and have to fumble for a tissue , then you have done the theatrical equivalent of decoding the DNA helix.

The show is about what we inherit from our progenitors and what we revere and what we aspire to.  Nicola Kuiper and Sandy Whittem have taken their grandmothers’ stories of being a Foreign Woman in the great land of Oz and crafted a silly, moving, intimate cabaret which, surprisingly, has a cabbage motif.   Irena and Dorothy arrived from Poland and Canada by different routes through war torn Europe and through love at second sight on the frozen prairie and both desire a better vegetable existence for their offspring.  Continue reading FOREIGN WOMAN: MY PICK OF THE SYDNEY FRINGE SO FAR

BLUE ISLAND 99: LGBT RIGHTS IN TAIWAN UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

The stage illustrates a gay living on the island is same as in the closet.

BLUE ISLAND 99 is a Solo performance of contemporary, exciting multi-media, poetry composed. Giving a unique insight into Asian LGBT life.

For LGBT people born in Taiwan after 1990, face both a complicated political past and future. Do they accept society’s status quo, or abandon what they must accept in the pursuit of true identity.

All isolated together, coming out and sailing out to a future with uncertainty in a changing modern world.

The multi media dimensions of footage, colour, soundtrack, language, dance, singing are an unrivaled blend of elegance. We haven’t seen gay culture like this in our stages before!”
-International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

“ With the show’s creators stressing the complicated problems of being out in a country with both a complicated political past and an uncertain future, this gives us a unique insight into Asian LGBT+ life. ”
-GCN (Gay Community News Review)

BLUE ISLAND 99 [Vimeo] will play at Archie Rose Touring Hub – Old 505 Theatre 5 Eliza Street, Newtown 18-22 September.

 

GAY AND STUPID: THE DRAW OF A CLEVER TITLE?

Photography by Kate Cornish

Not really sure why John Robles gave their show the name it has but it worked on the five of us. We pottered along happily to see what GAY AND STUPID was all about.  And it ended up being quite a funny experience with a series of little pieces, often explained and introduced first, that showed considerable work in the crafting.  Robles also had a range of delivery that was audience focused and showcased Robles’ improv skills.

Robles has had success in TheatreSports and their work last night in the very close up venue being used at The Factory had the assurance of someone who has a bedrock of good performance skills and an evident love of entertaining.  Robles’ stand-up work is fun and their way of asking questions is engaging “Do you like the flu?” asks their pink netball skirted character in a Russian mode ? Continue reading GAY AND STUPID: THE DRAW OF A CLEVER TITLE?

‘URZA AND THE SONG IN THE DARK’ FROM MATRIARK. GIVEAWAY

Urza and the Song in the Dark

Join the world-builders at Matriark Theatre on an adventure deep down underground at the Sydney Fringe.

In URZA AND THE SONG IN THE DARK, a mysterious song leads a young girl on an adventure into the depths of the earth. Along the way she befriends a lost explorer, gets pursued by an ancient dark force and finds herself caught up in a primeval story of myth and legend. 

Shadow and song combine to tell this intimate story.

Continue reading ‘URZA AND THE SONG IN THE DARK’ FROM MATRIARK. GIVEAWAY

MARVELLOUS SNAKE BOY AT THE FACTORY THEATRE

Image credit: Credit: Daniella Pilla

MARVELLOUS SNAKE BOY at the Factory Theatre

In Alexander Richmond’s new show, MARVELLOUS SNAKE BOY , Doctor Josephine has rescued Snake Boy from the family of red-bellies that he was raised by for 18 years in the Australian Outback. She now has to teach him how to be human. He needs to walk instead of slithering. He needs to learn to talk and discover what are good words and what are bad words. With words he can progress to comedy. He also needs to learn to use his hands and other there are life skills he needs to acquire.

Snake Boy needs the help of the audience to learn these skills. Snake Boy has an endearing childlike innocence which he uses to coax them to join in the fun. This is an interactive show and no one should feel nervous about sitting in the front row. Alex has constructed a character and a comedy show that does not pick on the audience. He draws them and has lots of fun with them. Continue reading MARVELLOUS SNAKE BOY AT THE FACTORY THEATRE

A LITTLE CABARET FROM LITTLE TRIANGLE

The Cast of ‘A Little Cabaret’

After presenting critically acclaimed sell-out productions of Sunday in the Park with George & Merrily We Roll Along, and prior to their November production of Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe’s The Wild Party, Little Triangle will present A LITTLE CABARET  with 7 emerging Australian performers this September for 3 nights only as part of the 2018 Sydney Fringe.

Join Little Triangle as they unearth hidden gems of the musical theatre canon, with a line-up of underappreciated, overlooked and rarely performed songs from some of Broadway’s leading composers.  Continue reading A LITTLE CABARET FROM LITTLE TRIANGLE

GREAT TITLE FOR BEN ELLWOOD’S FRINGE SHOW. GIVEAWAY TOO.

THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF A COLORECTAL PROLAPSE is the unlikely title of cult Sydney comic Ben Ellwood‘s new show.  Ellwood returns to the Fringe festival with a heartwarming new show about fecal matter, reconstructive anal surgery and the psychic benefits of laughing when the chips are down.

Trigger warning: This show contains graphic descriptions of real life on Planet Earth.

THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF A COLORECTAL PROLAPSE [Facebook Event] from Ben Ellwood plays September 18, 20 & 22 @ 8.15pm .  More fun from Ben at YouTube.

With thanks to the artist, Sydney Arts Guide has a double pass give-away to THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF A COLORECTAL PROLAPSE.  The pass is valid for the show on 18 Sept at 20:15.

To be in the running to win a double pass to THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF A COLORECTAL PROLAPSE, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) with COLO PROLAPSE as the subject, along with your full name and email address.

Competition closes MIDNIGHT Wednesday 12th September, 2018 when the winner will be drawn. Only winners will be notified and the pass will be available at the Box Office on the night.

DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS. YUP! PLURAL FOR SURE

DEAR FUTURE EX HUSBANDS is a warning of sorts from Annisa Belonogoff.  It’s playing as part of the Sydney Fringe and after seeing the show tonight it’s not exactly clear how many dearly beloveds she intends to have.  What is evident is that with such an energetic, eccentric way of looking at life more than several might be on the cards.

This is the first solo Fringe stand-up show from this polymath creative artist who has an impressive resume of work and a rich vein of absurdity … the latter might well be genetic if her hilarious impressions of her Russian father are anything to go by.  There was no shortage of nerves tonight but that seemed to give her quirk a place to vibrate and we were treated to some funny, well thought through, set pieces and lots of terrific off the cuff stuff. Continue reading DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS. YUP! PLURAL FOR SURE

THE 10 COMEDIANS FOR $25 – SYDNEY FRINGE COMEDY SHOWCASE

Can’t decide which comedians to see at Sydney Fringe? THE 10 COMEDIANS have made it easy for you, with Sydney Fringe’s Best Value Comedy Shows: 10 Comedians for $25!

After sold out shows all over Sydney, as well as sold out shows at Sydney Fringe in 2015/16/17, THE 10 COMEDIANS shows are back for the 2018 Sydney Fringe.

10 Comedians for $25 is a hilarious line-up of 10 experienced comedians, making this the perfect, laugh-filled way to enjoy comedy at this year's Sydney Fringe.

With a diverse range of comedians, it's also an ideal night out for couples or groups. There's a different line-up of comedians each night, so you can get a unique comedy experience every night.

Continue reading THE 10 COMEDIANS FOR $25 – SYDNEY FRINGE COMEDY SHOWCASE

MUSICAL ISLAND: SYDNEY KIDS SAVE IT FROM SILENCE AT THE FRINGE

MUSICAL ISLAND: A SILENT SPELL will have its world premiere at the Sydney Fringe.

Magic Sounds Productions are shaking up Sydney’s theatre scene with a boisterous blend of digital animation and live action performances.  MUSICAL ISLAND: A SILENT SPELL is an original  musical to bring smiles and magic melodies to miniature maestros, kidults and the young at heart alike! Continue reading MUSICAL ISLAND: SYDNEY KIDS SAVE IT FROM SILENCE AT THE FRINGE

ELISA CRISTALLO DIVES INTO THE FRINGE AND WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

As part of her new Fringe show, Elisa Cristallo hits the hot topics head on.

Childhood fears, the housing crisis, immigration and plastic pollution – four seemingly disconnected topics which Elisa will weave together into one hilarious, moving and completely coherent show*.
*Coherence not guaranteed.

Elisa is a comedienne, writer and independent producer based in Sydney.  Elisa’s first comedy show Welcome to the Family toured Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and is currently being adapted into a web series with support from Blacktown Council’s Creative Arts Fund.

Continue reading ELISA CRISTALLO DIVES INTO THE FRINGE AND WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY

ROBBIE WILLIAMS STORY: NOT TO BE MISSED. WE HAVE A GIVE-AWAY

Promo Image: James Terry Photography

The critically acclaimed LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU : THE ROBBIE WILLIAMS STORY is joining the Sydney Fringe Festival line up for one night only,  at the infamous live music venue Leadbelly in Newtown on Thursday 6th September.

With Australia’s star of musical theatre Ross Chisari (Aladdin, The Rocky Horror Show) as the outrageous international idol, joined by a full live band performing all of Robbie’s hits, the show is where rock concert and cabaret meet.

Exploring the highs and lows of the music legend’s career, his provocative love life and his life-saving encounter with rehab, this show promises to appeal to die-hard Robbie fans and awaken the next generation of music lovers who are ready to sing (or swing!) when they’re winning. Continue reading ROBBIE WILLIAMS STORY: NOT TO BE MISSED. WE HAVE A GIVE-AWAY

CANAPES & COCKTAILS: SOMEWHAT UNHINGED CHARACTERS PLAY. GIVEAWAY.

CANAPES & COCKTAILS ​is a brand new show developed and performed by Sydney comedian Jeromaia Detto. The show is a  mix of clowning, sketch and improv that explores a host of unique,
slightly unhinged, characters, encouraging the audience to be lost in a world of play for 50 minutes.

Jeromaia has always been fascinated by the notion of playfulness and exploring the idea of “what if?”. He believes that everyone can be funny and playful, despite the way modern society limits this
exploration. This, coupled with his working in museums and hospitals as an educator/entertainer, has led him to develop his debut solo show that flips this social construct around. This show is not about him, it’s about the audience and their ability to unlock and feel the whimsy they once had. Continue reading CANAPES & COCKTAILS: SOMEWHAT UNHINGED CHARACTERS PLAY. GIVEAWAY.

CHEAP NOODS: A LESBIAN LOVE STORY AT THE FRINGE

This image credit: Alex Potter
Featured image credit: Ally Cockrell

The US has the L Word. The UK has Lip Service. But what about Australia?

Join Ally and Kim in taking down the patriarchy with their new show, CHEAP NOODS. A quirky lesbian love story told through sketch, dance off’s and a collection of poems told by Australia’s shittiest politicians.

Ally and Kim have been performing together ever since they got together in 2016. This year they have been gigging at comedy rooms around Sydney and performing nationally with award winning sketch group, Noughty Girls. In between dinner dates and walking their dog, Goose, the two have created something new, delicious and uniquely their own. Continue reading CHEAP NOODS: A LESBIAN LOVE STORY AT THE FRINGE

TWO GIRLS ONE SHOW: FRINGING AT THE NEWSAGENCY

TWO GIRLS ONE SHOW.    Enjoy a night of biting cabaret and comedy with this double-bill performance starring Harriet Jane and Jenna Ray as they open your eyes to the humour that is hiding in secret underworlds and lying in your very own bed.

Under The Covers
Jenna Ray pulls back the covers to reveal all the things that happen under them; naughty, nice, cheeky, thoughtful and gritty - nothing is sacred in this show that culminates in a raw and playful portrait of what we’re really like when we’re alone in bed.

Planar Terrology 101 presented by (self appointed) Prof. Harriet Jane
With the expanse of the internet, the ever evolving world of conspiracy theories has blossomed in the 21st century- from Flat Earthers to Reptilian Humanoids and everything in between. Join Harriet as she takes a dive into the funny, bizarre and often dark world of pseudoscience, antisemitism, and conspiracies.

TWO GIRLS ONE SHOW [Facebook Event] plays at The Newsagency [Facebook] as part of Sydney Fringe 2018 , 13th and 20th September.

RUTTNEST ISLAND: ALAN RUTLEDGE – SYDNEY FRINGE

If you like Barry Award Winning Sam Campbell, then you’ll love this show, RUTTNEST ISLAND. Alan Rutledge actually knows Sam Campbell, and if you want he can introduce you to him. Come to his show and he will give you Sam Campbell’s phone number.

Raw Comedy National finalist, Alan’s new show is about Quokkas. The world’s friendliest animal. Or is there a darkness hiding behind that Quokka smile? Only one way to find out. Come to Alan’s show. It has punchlines, tags…. a couple of set-ups, with a bunch of special guests including comedian Kathryn Thomas. It’ll be heaps fun. But seriously come to this show.

ALAN RUTLEDGE IN RUTTNEST ISLAND  [Facebook Event] plays 4, 6, 8 September as part of the Sydney Fringe.

THE VAGABOND: ART SONG FOR KIDS

Photographer Jenna Schroder

THE VAGABOND introduces sophisticated classical songs and musical ideas through an accessible pantomime story structure, with lots of interactivity, that encourages children to engage with classical songs and see this genre as something fun, rather than boring.

This is a gap that has yet to be bridged in the Australian kids show landscape and we hope to, through this production, nurture Australia’s next generation of classical musicians as well as classical music audiences.Continue reading THE VAGABOND: ART SONG FOR KIDS

HANNAH – A WESTERN SYDNEY RETHINKING OF HAMLET

GradCo.Studio return to Sydney Fringe Festival in 2018 with a new work devised and written by its members, HANNAH.

An Australian Bastardisation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
To die, to sleep—to sleep, maybe to dream. But there’s the catch: in death’s sleep who knows what kind of dreams we might have, after we’ve put the noise and turbulence of life behind us.

This new Australian work brings Western-Sydney into focus as GradCo.Studio re-imagines Shakespeare’s Hamlet as modern family drama. Continue reading HANNAH – A WESTERN SYDNEY RETHINKING OF HAMLET

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