14 September – 1 October 2017
This year’s Melbourne Fringe will continue to champion LGBTQI artists who will take to the stage in the fight for marriage equality, chronicles of being queer in the digital age and forcing people to look beyond the binary. Taking the theme “out of the echo chamber” to extraordinary levels, LGBTQI artists are set to making this year’s Fringe one of the biggest and best.
The Life & Times of the Divine Miss P (Pictured)
The amazing Polly Filla celebrates 20 years of performing in drag. Polly shares her highlights, high heels and candid opinions. Expect a multimedia performance of filmed interviews, archival footage and lip-synched performance with a rare look at the man behind the makeup and the maker of all Pollys’ astonishing costumes.
The 86, Tues and Weds, 19-27 September
Intoxication explores how the intense fear of being alone rules modern society and how one person’s loneliness is symptomatic of everyone’s problem. Inspired by the work of sociologist Brené Brown, Intoxication weaves together concepts of vulnerability and shame with Christopher’s personal experience of a brain injury and amnesia, and the overall anxiety of being queer in the technological age.
Fringe Hub: Lithuanian Club – Son of Loft, 15 – 22 September (excluding Monday)
Michael and Phillip Are Getting Married in the Morning
…if they ever make it to the altar! – FRED the ALIEN Productions presents an original comedy of errors, set when marriage equality is a reality; Michael and Phillip are preparing to tie the knot. The show brings a rowdy evening of misunderstandings and manipulation, where the best of intentions goes awry. The show is a purposefully chaotic affair, blending comedy and drama.
Gasworks Theatre, 20 – 23 September
Resplendent diva and Fringe favourite Mama Alto returns to the Festival Club with a sublime new offering, a transcendental, beyond-gender, binary-exploding extravaganza. Featuring a glittering array of humanity and divinity, spectrums and rainbows, audiences will be transported somewhere truly magical, truly divine, as they bear witness to the gloriousness of possibility. From the team that presented Church in 2016, it’s time to get TRANSCENDENT. Binary begone – all genders (including none) welcome.
Fringe Hub: Arts House – Festival Club, 27 September
Beyond the binary
Art history and digital art collide in this experimental mixed reality project by J. Rosenbaum. Inspired by classical art and ancient archaeological artefacts, Rosenbaum uses augmented reality and machine learning to present works that move beyond the digital binary, beyond the gender binary.
Testing grounds, Clear Box, 21 – 23 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