Make the most of the festival’s 440 shows!
Melbourne Fringe is well underway and there are still literally hundreds of shows to see before the festival wraps up on 1 October. This year, Melbourne Fringe promised to transform everything into art for 2.5 glorious weeks and, of course, the Fringe artists have more than delivered with a vibrant program of boundary-pushing performances across comedy, cabaret, circus, live art and everything in between. Highlights in week two include:
Fringe favourite Mama Alto returns to the Festival Club with a sublime new offering where people of all genders (including none) are welcome. This transcendental, beyond-gender, binary-exploding extravaganza will transport audiences to the world of magic, rainbows, colours and glory. Feel the divine and sparkle with the resplendent darling diva.
Fringe Festival Club, 27 September
Presented by The Women’s Circus, KillJoy is an unapologetic call to arms brought to life by collaborators Cat Scobie, Mahla Bird and Amy Broomstick. As the cracks in the traditional conception of femininity are pried open, these women find the threads of solidarity that connect us in our difference. An explosion of sequins, circus and irreverence backed up by an all-star live band, KillJoy invites audiences to come join the evolution.
The Melba Spiegeltent, 25–30 September
Michael and Phillip Are Getting Married in the Morning
This original comedy of errors is set when marriage equality is a reality. Michael and Philip are preparing to tie the knot … if only their family and friends would stop interfering! The best of intentions go awry in this rowdy evening of misunderstandings and manipulation
Gasworks Arts Park, 20–23 September
Estrella Wing, Showgirl
The saddest showgirl in Chinatown invites audiences on a zany and poignant musical tale. Inspired by Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie, David Bowie and Ella Fitzgerald, this dazzling Fringe debut sees Margot Tanjutco meld magical realism with true stories and an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and soul, following a young showgirl’s attempts to conquer a city and understand her place in it.
The Butterfly Club, 18–24 September
Ever wondered what two girls dancing in a box would look like? Well, now you have, and this delightful dance cabaret will shed light. Gold coin entry sees audiences select a musical genre and enjoy a snappy dance number performed in a box by Janelle Saunders and Kate Mornane.
Fringe Hub: Arts House, 22–24 and 26–27 September
Spice! A Singalong
Join a star-studded cast for an hour unadulterated joy, 90s nostalgia and grrl power for this sing-along participatory performance featuring Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood, Alison Avron, Benjamin Kiehne and Sepora.
Fringe Hub: Lithuanian Club, 20–21 September
Geraldine Hickey – It’s My Show
Much-loved Melbourne comic Geraldine Hickey will band together with a few mates for a fun-filled hour of comedy – featuring her remote control inflatable shark and multiple costumes.
The Imperial Hotel, 19–29 September
Melbourne Fringe is a big, bold and gloriously messy celebration of independent art that takes over the city from 14 September to 1 October 2017. With 440 events in 164 venues, you can see established and emerging artists stand side-by-side, making Fringe a fun, affordable way to experience art in Melbourne.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Festival dates: 14 September – 1 October 2017