After a few welcoming words from Fringe CEO Sharon Burgess a brilliant series of short grabs from 4 shows hit the stage. They were all outstandingly talented in very different ways.
Firstly Briefs: Dirty Laundry – hosted by an androgynous MC, Fez Faanana, resplendent in perilously high, sequin encrusted red heels she strode the stage and flounced her way about with a retinue of dancers waving huge ostrich plumed fans.
Next up was Thomas Worrell – a superbly strong creature who wove himself in and out and around a circular hoop suspended at the very apex of the tented roof. Using only one hand or one foot to propel himself into extraordinary shapes and contortions he defied gravity at every turn. Death defying spinning to finish an amazing act!
Charlie Caper an award winning Swedish magician had the audience entranced as he manipulated eggs out of the ears of unsuspecting audience members. The first of a plethora of magical illusions involving seemingly endless lengths of red material and large silver rings which he miraculously linked together and then separated.
He Huang: Crazy Broken Chinese – a comedian who wove a fabulous story out of being a traditionally raised Chinese girl who finds herself in a Western setting with all its very strange (to her) cultural shock and extraordinary sexual liberation. Very funny and clever.
The Underground: El Escandalo – to close the programme we were treated to a scantily clad bevy of luscious female dancers who, with a trio of male performers, danced their way through a fantastical display of choreography ranging from flamenco to hip hop. Sensational stuff!
If the idea was to entrance the audience to engage with the enormous variety of Fringe offerings and to demonstrate the first class level of performance on offer, this “taster” truly whet our appetites. All acts were talented and slick.
Don’t hesitate you will not be disappointed!!
Perth Fringe World 2023
Fringe Festival Launch
Venue: Urban Orchard at Fringe Central | Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 19 Jan 2023