Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015

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Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015 is almost here! The Melbourne Arts Club team has put together a rundown of some of the shows we don't think you should miss. Reviews to come...


An Awesome Alliterated Alphabet, by Auntie Catie

What: Kids Performance

Join Aunty Catie for the launch of An Awesome Alliterated Alphabet inside The Nylon Zoo’s magical inflatable salmon story theatre. Children (0-12) and parents will enter a magical alphabetic realm from A to Z, where Aunty Catie and The Nylon Zoo-keepers will immerse and enchant young readers and lovers of story.

When: September 24, 25 & 27: 12.15pm & 2.15pm. September 26: 11am, 1pm & 3.45pm

Where: Northcote Town Hall Courtyard, 189 High St Northcote, 3070

Cost: Children $14, Adults $9



What: Dance

Part dance, part theatre, part philosophy, Speechless is a bi-lingual conversation between two female bodies into the unfamiliar and back. The work unravels as the absolute is undermined by the slipperiness of language. The performance space is a playground of confusion, tangled perceptions and twisted communication as two bodies fight for clarity. The work obsesses over the pleasure and pain of (not) comprehending, and (not) being comprehended.

When: 23 - 27 Sept, 29 Sept - 4 Oct 2015. Time: 6.30PM

Where: Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan St North Melbourne 3051

Cost: Full $18, Conc. $14, Group (6+) $14, Cheap Tuesday $14, Prev. $10


Bluethumb Pop-Up Gallery

What: Art

A showcase of Australian artists that exhibit their work on Bluethumb. Bluethumb is Australia's leading online art gallery for artists to sell their art directly to buyers. The work is an eclectic mix of both emerging and established artists. Attendees can buy works exhibited by downloading the free Bluethumb - Art Unearthed app on the App Store and Google Play.

When: Tues 22 - Sat 26 Sept 2015. Opening night 22nd Sept at 7PM. Tues - Thurs 5PM - Midnight, Fri - Sat 12pm-1am.

Where: Outdoor Gallery at the Boardwalk Republic, the Southside HUB garden for Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Gasworks Arts Park: 21 Graham Street  Albert Park 3206

Fringe Furniture: Between the Lines

What: Visual Art

Fringe Furniture: Between the Lines invites you to look closely at design, to discover meanings beyond the practical and interpret the messages implied in the work of some of the most innovative and evocative emerging and established designers.

When: 17 Sept - 4 Oct 2015, Wed - Sun 11am - 5pm

Where: Abbotsford Convent: Sacred Heart Chapel Oratory and Ironing Rooms

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Cost: Free

Tactile Tours Available, Click here for more info

Pose Band

What: Interactive Dance and Performance

Dress-ups and contemporary dance collide. With no two shows ever the same, audience members will be invited to interact with performers and construct the performance in real time.  Roles are allocated to audience members, scripts are read, physical tasks are assigned and a great game of make believe intertwines with contemporary choreography exploring ideas of authenticity and reproduction.

Inspired by the fakery and whimsy of wax museums, evil twins, internet identities and aura exchange, Pose Band highlights the absurdity around what we take for face value, how easy it is for us to create forgeries and the potential consequences of such fraudulent behaviour.

When: Tuesday 29 September – Saturday 3 October, 2015. TIMES: 7pm Tuesday – Friday; 2pm and 7pm Saturday

Opening Night: 7pm Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Where: Northcote Town Hall, Studio Two, 189 High St, Northcote

Cost: Tickets from $20


His Ghostly Heart

What: Performance

First performed in the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe to rave reviews, His Ghostly Heart is a one act play performed entirely in the dark. In the dimmest corners of a young couple's bedroom, explore the intricacies and intimacies of love. Performed by Riley Nottingham and Bundy Marston. Directed by Richard Edge.

When: Sat 26 Sept-Sat 3 Oct (except Monday) TIMES: 10.30pm, Sun 9.30pm (30min)

Where: Fringe Hub – Upstairs at Errol’s 69-71 Errol St, North Melbourne

Cost: Full: $20 / Concession: $16 / Cheap Tuesday: $16


Seen & Heard Cabaret, Melbourne Fringe Festival

What: Caberet

Strippers speak, carnies chat, musos muse aloud and dancers dare to share. Performers who have spent their careers entertaining without words will tell their stories. Hosted by showgirl and storywoman Becky Lou, Seen & Heardwill feature some of Melbourne’s finest variety artists doing what they do best, as well as sharing true tales of their lives behind the limelight.

When: 22nd- 27th September, Time: 10PM

Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne 3000

Cost: $25 - $32


A Star is Bored

What: Cabaret 

Nick has it all. A set of legs to make any showgirl jealous, a fabulous head-shot and a brand new Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre. Having shifted to Perth to pursue his glamorous dream, graduation and poverty force Nick back to the family home. Destiny calls when he finds a new source of artistic nourishment for budding celebs on a tight budget - Reality TV. Nick is going to be a star, but making it in "reality" ain't easy. A Star is Bored shows you the dark and depraved steps you need to take to become a practically famous D-List star.

When: September 23rd – 27th 2015, 5.30PM

Where:  The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place (Off Little Collins St.)

Price:  Full $32, Concession $28, Group (8+) $25



What: Performance

The Two-Step explores how music, travel, and memory influence a life well-lived. Edith is an enchanting, worldly woman who dares to dream big. From sleepy suburbia to sweltering Saudi Arabia and everywhere in between, she struggles to marry her independence with her need for love. Will Edith seize the day for one last extraordinary adventure?

When: 16-17 Sept, 24 Sept, 30 Sept; 1 Oct. Time: 7PM (60 min)

Where: Bluestone Church Arts Space, 10A Hyde St, Footscray VIC 3011 

Cost: Free. 


The Ministry

What: Live Art

Enter a world in which deed, word and even thought are under constant surveillance by the State. A fusion of site-specific installation and performance, The Ministry is an immersive, multi-disciplinary experience inspired by George Orwell’s 1984.

Created and Directed by: Anna Nalpantidis

Where: Monash University, Clayton

When: 17 – 26 September. Times: 8pm on Mon – Thurs and 7pm/9pm on Fri – Sat

Cost: Full $18 Concession $20


TORTE E MORT: Songs of Cake and Death

What: Cabaret

Black humoured, visually opulent, and dripping with satire, this world premiere of Anya Anastasia’s newest show is rich with dramatic surprises. Danger and delight in a world of extremes.

Where: Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

When: 16 – 20 September 2015. Times: Wednesday 7.45PM, Thursday - Sunday 8.30PM

Cost: Adult - $25, Preview Performance* - $15


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