Fringe is back – better than ever

Fire twirling, private dinners, circus tricks, remixed fairytales – this year’s Fringe Festival is bigger than ever, and audience participation will have new meaning.

The festival starts on Friday, February 7, and runs until March 2.

In its 24th year, the festival has 121 shows and 700 performances over three weeks, compared to 100 shows and 500 performances last year.

More than 300 performances will be free.

This year audience members can vote in a new Favourite of the Fringe award.

The winning show will receive $5000 and voters can win themselves some goodies as well.

Big themes in this year’s festival are romance gone wrong, with 14 shows, and improvisation, with 13 shows.

There are 25 shows at Bats Theatre, seven events in private homes and four magic shows.


Amy Jackman looks at the pick of the offerings from this year’s Fringe Festival.