This year’s Fringe World Festival is already well underway in Perth. With hundreds of acts ranging from comedy, music, theatre, arts and cabaret, there is so much to see and do this year, it’s actually hard to pick and choose what to see.
But did you know there are some fab South African acts performing this year Fringe World Festival in Perth?
Andrew Simpson from Andrew Simpson Productions has not one but two shows this year – Death of A Donut and Lord Of The Flings. Andrew is an accomplished writer, director and performer on the South African theatre scene, having performed for Nelson Mandela himself. He’s a regular performer at the Grahamstown Arts Festival and on the fringe festival and theatre circuit across South Africa. His show “Children of Sophiatown”, which he both wrote and directed, has been staged across South Africa as well as England.
Death of A Donut is described on the Fringe World website as:
“In this mystery comedy a murder has taken place. But unlike most murder mysteries the entire audience are suspects. Anyone could be the murderer! Or the next victim! Including YOU! And to add another twist to this tale is the recent jail breakout of the elusive character known only as “The Fugitive” who may just have the last word. Did he/she commit this murder? Was it you? Was it me?
This hilarious interactive comedy is hosted by “one of South Africa’s top comedians” (The Star) Andrew Simpson as he guides the audience with charm and fun throughout the murder mystery. Get ready to be transported on one of the funniest journeys you are likely to have at the festival. So get out your magnifying glasses, solve the clues, crack the code and catch the killer!”
You can catch Death of a Donut from Thursday 9 February to Tuesday 14 February (Valentine’s date idea!) and then again on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February. The venue is Rigby’s Bar in the city – check individual days for performance times.
Lord Of The Flings looks absolutely hilarious (being a huge Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fan myself) and is a one man fantasy parody of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and other superhero movies plus a few celebrities and political figures (I wonder if Zuma makes the cut?). It’s described as a “hilarious mix of fantasy, comedy and fun”. You can catch Lord Of The Flings from now through to Friday 17 February at Rigby’s Bar in the city – check individual days for performance times.
Stuart Lightbody is appearing at Fringe World this year too. This Cape Town based sleight of hand artist and illusionist has performed all over the world, including Holland, England, The Czech Republic, South Africa and Australia. He is a veteran of the fringe circuit in Australia and his shows start this Friday 10 February at The Shambles venue in Northbridge. You can check out his show Little Lies on the Fringe World website and book tickets now. Stuart is performing daily at 6pm from Friday 10 February through to Wednesday 15 February.
Support some great South African talent this year at the 2017 Fringe World Festival – you can book your tickets online, which is recommended as once they’ve sold out you won’t be able to get any on the door.
Which shows are you going to this year? Let me know in the comments!
*Disclosure: I received free tickets to this event but I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions in this post are completely my own based on my experience.