Sydney Fringe Festival is set to make a huge return for its first physical edition in 2 years and it’s leaving no stone unturned. The city’s largest independent arts festival will feature over 500 events and take over 50 venues across Sydney. From cabaret spectaculars, circus acts, theatre and an exclusive kids program, the event will once again spotlight Sydney-based independent theatre-makers and artists. Last year due to the pandemic and lockdowns, Sydney Fringe moved to a successful digital program and continued to provide a platform to creatives around the city.
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This year’s program highlights include multi-award-winning queer-pop-cabaret YUMMY which will be presented in partnership with Darlinghurst Theatre Company. Combining drag, dance, circus and burlesque at the Eternity Playhouse, audiences can enjoy the exceptional show from August 30 – September 4.
Another highlight comes in the form of Titanic: The Movie, The Play which will be presented at the Australian National Maritime Museum from September 14 – October 2. This immersive comedy experience comes from the brains behind other successful comedy homages such as Speed: The Movie, The Play. Their latest production — a take on Titanic is suitable for all age groups and promises to bring on the laughs and then some.
There’s a lot more to look forward to for theatre lovers. The Touring Hub at the Seymour Centre in Darlington will present a curated selection of 13 award winning acts from Australia and New Zealand across the month of September. This will include Six Women Standing In Front Of A White Wall, which investigates the physiological need for touch, BOOBS by multi-award winning artist, musician and comedian Selina Jenkins’ who showcases her life changing mastectomy through song and life affirming anecdotes. A one-woman play called Rough Trade which puts capitalism and patriarchy under the scanner along with Not Today, Ally Morgan’s one-woman smash-hit cabaret show.
This year at Sydney Fringe attendees can enjoy Fringe Kids — an elaborate program taking over Darling Quarter and featuring circus performances, street theatre and heaps of games. You’ll want to keep Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall on your mind for the kids. Featuring dance, retro hits and remixed nursery rhymes, the award winning show promises a fun time for the young ones.
A massive transglobal dance party will wrap up the festival some of Sydney’s best underground electronic musicians, dancers and aerial performance artists involved.
“We couldn’t be more excited to support and present the work of Sydney’s incredible indie arts sector as part of our most ambitious program to date. There has never been a better time to get out and explore Sydney Fringe, and we can’t wait for audiences to experience the very best the city has to offer,” Sydney Fringe CEO and Festival Director Kerri Glasscock said in a statement.
Excited? There’s a lot more to look forward to. Head over to their website for all the details.
Sydney Fringe Festival is on for six weeks from August 15 – September 30. The full program will be announced on August 1. Keep your eyes peeled here for updates.