Ready, set…FRINGE!

The wait is over – Melbourne Fringe is here. Week one of our city’s favourite festival promises a cavalcade of extreme talent and eye-popping events to sample.

The Melbourne Fringe Festival Club is a non-stop nightly showcase of large-scale events tailored by Fringe. Dance parties, storytelling slams, circus extravaganzas, comedy showcases, a Year 10 formal.

Open five nights a week from 6pm with two bars serving beer, wine and cocktails, its game on!

Using the intellect, creativity and ingenuity of a child’s imagination, Kids in Fashion sees children becoming the fashion designers of tomorrow, turning their ideas into reality. Launching a new high-end clothing label that aims to propel fashion into the future, designs will be modelled by kids and familiar-faced Fringe artists in a radical runway moment.

Other notable models on the day will include Mayor of Stonnington Cr Steve Stafanopoulos, Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Artistic Director Simon Abrahams, and Chair Gideon Obarzanek.

The Space Dance and Arts Centre-The Skydeck, 15 September.

Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Melbourne Fringe, Colossus is a visionary, large-scale dance work comprising of 50 dance students and emerging dance artists. A work of this scale has been a long-held ambition for Stephanie Lake and a monumental achievement. Lake is known for her

robust yet intricate works, but what continually allows her to connect with audiences are the key messages she weaves throughout her pieces. Colossus is no different, Lake taps into the human desire to be part of the mass and to share in a communal experience, and also to assert our individuality. Arts Centre Melbourne, 26-30 September.

Highlights of Week 1

The Change: Revolutionary Hip-hop

A fusion of cultures and historical political events explored through an interactive performance situated in an underground carpark. From West Papuan refugees on a boat lost at sea, to kids in a Kenyan slum, the Palestinian rappers up against the apartheid wall and the Afghan girl on the run, these characters’ journeys run parallel with the stories of struggle of the First Nations people of Australia. Worlds collide amidst a deadly sound track of hip-hop, traditional and world music with live band accompaniment. Collingwood Housing Estate underground carpark, Sept 13 – 15

Eric The Third – The One Man Sketch Comedy Show

One male performer. One female director. Seven writers of various genders, classes and cultural backgrounds. 20 characters. What can go wrong? After critically acclaimed versions, Eric is back with a raft of brilliant and award-winning writers collaborating – Hannah Donnelly, Ben Ellis, Georgina Harriss, Eva Grace Mullaley, Morgan Rose, Rob Reid, and Davey Thompson. Fringe Hub, Sept 14-21

Tao Po

A zumba instructor haunted by her husband and son’s ghosts; a photographer whose sanity is questioned by the newspaper that employs him; the apparent double life of a policeman, sworn to uphold the law; and a young girl paying tribute to victims haphazardly buried in the notorious Tokhang Wall. Filipina performance activist Mae Paner, popularly known as Juana Change, performs four monologues that render different perspectives on drug-related killings in Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines. Footscray Community Arts Centre, 14-15 September

Fringe Club events 14-20 September

1992-1-OMG!

Thought the ‘90s were over? Think again, Melbourne Fringe favourite is back.

Friday 14 Sept, 10pm

All That Glitters is Blak

Non-stop line-up of live contemporary music from First Nations artists, for a glorious celebration of the enduring legacy of First Nations art and music.
Saturday 15 Sept, 10pm

Test Drive
Test Drive is hosted by Nath Valvo, with some of the best and brightest comedians for a laughter-fest as they premiere brand new material all in seven minutes.
Tuesday 18 Sept, 9:30pm

Circus Battle Royale

The Festival Club into a ropes-and-all wrestling ring and prepping it for a showdown of epic proportions and hosted by the Great Gordo Gamsby, presented by Circus Trick Tease and Melbourne Fringe.

Wednesday 19 Sept, 9.30pm

Femme Fresh
For a fearless celebration of all things femme, performance-art duo The Huxleys host a plethora of perverse performances, obtuse ensembles and subversive solos.
Thursday 20 Sept, 9:30pm

Melbourne Fringe is a big, bold and playful celebration of independent art that takes over the city from 13 to 30 September 2018. See established and emerging artists stand side-by-side to make Fringe a fun, affordable way to experience art in Melbourne – are you game? Tickets on sale at www.melbournefringe.com.au