Kick off the new decade in style at Fringe World 2020

International acts abound as Fringe World returns featuring exhilarating, unique entertainment to light up the city this January and February!

Fringe World Festival is back with a host of weird and wonderful entertainment set to light up Perth in the New Year! At more than 20 locations around the CBD you can check out an abundance of local and international acts, from exhilarating circus performances to risqué burlesque to side splitting comedians.

Kick off the new decade with all the fun, entertainment and excitement the festival has to offer with some of these enticing acts. 

Circus Thrills

Briefs: The Second Coming

One of the most successful Fringe Festival acts is making their return to Perth in stylish fanfare with the all-male ‘boylesque’ group performing Briefs: The Second Coming! Now in their eight year, after headlining seasons in Paris, New York, Berlin, London, Hong Kong and Perth, the jaw dropping show brings glamorous drag artistes, valiant aerial acrobatics, irreverent interludes and too-close-for-comfort yo-yo tricks. Elevate your night out with risqué, raucous, riotous entertainment at one of the world’s hottest cabaret and circus acts!

When: January 17 to February 16

Where: The Rechabite, 224 William Street, Northbridge

Tickets: $35 - $75

Photo: Chatel Concei


Brat Kids Carnival

With all the risqué and 18-plus entertainment on offer at the festival, there’s still a way to enjoy all the international talent with the family at the Brat Kids Carnival! Top international Fringe performers bring their energetic antics, pumping music and circus skills with hula hoops at top speed, acrobatics at crazy heights and seriously cheeky clowning antics, all in an easy to take in 45-minute show! If you want an exhilarating Fringe option for the whole family, check out this unique offering by the Briefs Factory.

When: Saturday and Sundays, January 18 to February 16

Where: The Rechabite, 224 William Street, Northbridge

Tickets: $22 - $25

Photo: Kate Pardey

Happy Times Hotel

With bellhops bending over backwards in the most literal way, maids making mischief and a concierge bring the salt as well as the service, Happy Times Hotel needs to be top of your list this Fringe! Headlined by two stars of the Fringe international circuit, Reuben Kaye and Heather Holliday, this cast of world class circus and cabaret stars will bring one of the biggest experiences of the festival with hilarious dark wit, excitement and flair all to a live band! The show is brought together by the brilliantly warped imaginations of alt-circus production house, Strut & Fret, known for previous Fringe hits Blanc de Blanc, Limbo and Boom Boom in the House of Casa Blah Blah.

When: January 17 to February 16

Where: The Ice Cream Factory (Roe St, Northbridge) and The Edith Spiegletent (Yagan Square, Perth)

Tickets: $55 - $74

Photo: Kaye Kaye Hole


Sirqus Alfon- I Am Somebody

Beatboxing, comedy, lights, video and lasers! You’ve never seen a show like this before, with Swedish comedy Sirqus Alfon touching down in Perth for the first time. This high tech, ultra-modern performance is bound to captivate you with their brilliant fusion of art and stage engineering. Performing around the globe, this group has featured on America’s Got Talent and the ‘World’s Got Talent’ special in China. Definitely not one to miss!

When: January 17 to February 16

Where: The Rechabite, 224 William Street, Northbridge

Tickets: $25 - $50

A Simple Space

Seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve; this performance is simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Supported by driving live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment.

When: January 18 - February 16

Where: The West Australian Spiegeltent at The Woodside Pleasure Garden

Tickets: $38 - 42


Railed is a returning best-seller! A night of naughty fun... the kids have to stay at home for this one! It combines all the things we love about Fringe: unbelievable physical feats, perfectly chiselled bodies and comedic flare.

When: January 17 to February 9

Where: The West Australian Spiegeltent, The Woodside Pleasure Garden and Yagan Square.

Tickets: $30 - $39


PreHysterical will have its WORLD premiere at Perth Fringe - it's a hilarious circus show following three foolish Neanderthals struggling to survive in the real world. Guests can expect slapstick comedy for small and big kids alike, with perfectly paired tongue-in-cheek humour for the adults, remarkable circus tricks, acrobatics and storytelling.

When: January 18 to February 16

Where: Teatro at The Woodside Pleasure Garden

Tickets: $21 - $25


1000 Rhymes Per Hour: MC Hammersmith’s Magical Freestyle Factory

Laugh to the beat, as award winning improv comedian MC Hammersmith brings his improv comedy show to the festival. Every night is unique with the 2017 UK Improv Smackdown Championship winner and 2018 Scottish Comedy Awards Best Newcomer building the show around audience suggestion!

When: February 2 to 12

Where: Studio at Henry Summer, 69 Aberdeen St, Northbridge

Tickets: $15 - $29


A Bookish Comedy Show

For all those who love to snuggle up with a story, who find hours pass by between pages and are very much invested in far too many fictional lives, here’s the show for you! After touring the UK and Australia, this show comes to Perth featuring a rotating cast of comedians and storytellers talking all things books.

When: February 5 to 16

Where: Rooftop Terrace Bar, Universal Bar, 221 William Street, Northbridge

Tickets: $24


Anea Duratovic: Disney Jazz

Disney always tugs at the heart strings and vocalist Anea Duratovic is calling up all the animated classics across the decades from Snow White to Mary Poppins to Toy Story. Ms Duratovic has honed her talent at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and New York University, having shared the stage alongside greats such as James Morrison, Kristin Berardi, Gian Slater and the Mace Francis Orchestra.

When: January 17 to 24

Where: Ronnie Nights, 75-77 Market Street, Fremantle

Tickets: $32.50


80s Mixtape

Turn the clock back to the age of shoulder pads, mullets, blazers with sleeves rolled up and the almighty cassette tape, as three of WA’s top singers and a thumping drummer bring back all the flair and fun of the 1980s. Presented by Meadowlark, this night of retro classics will hit that nostalgia right in the sweet spot with classics like 'Call Me', 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Walking on Sunshine'.

When: February 13 to 15

Where: Four5Nine, 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth

Tickets: $30


A Swingin Gatsby Jazz Club

At the turn of the New Year, the roaring 20’s are officially back. There’s no better time to kick off with the Cotton Club extravaganza lead by popular singer Cathrine Summers featuring a five piece band and cabaret girls putting on a mix of old jazz, French classics and traditional jazz reworkings of pop songs like Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love'. Perth based singer Ms Summers has sold out sessions at Fringe World for the past four years, at Perth and Melbourne jazz clubs, as well as festivals like BRAVO! Cruise of the Performing Arts, Perth Festival, Jazz by The Bay and the Kings Park Festival!

When: February 6 to 15

Where: The Old Brewery, 173 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

Tickets: $42.50 to $67



Erin Fowler will bring her award-winning theatrical dance work Femme to Perth for the first time in 2019. FEMME is one woman's search for self within the cacophony of gender and sexual conditioning that surrounds us; exploring concepts of femininity and female sexuality, the female body, the gender roles we conform to, or break against and what it means to be powerful in a largely masculine dominant culture.  

When: Jan 29th – Feb 7th

Where: Biology at Girls School, 2 Wellington Street Perth

Tickets: $28

Head to the Fringe World 2020 website for tickets and to check out the schedule of captivating acts and events on!

David Charlesworth

Hi I’m David! I love diving into books, video games and films as much as I love cooking up snacks to accompany them. Whether its genres, cuisine or hiking trails, I’m passionate about exploring and experiencing new things. I’ve spent the last couple years bouncing around regional WA as a journalist, now I’m back in the city and excited to share what Perth’s got in store!