Melbourne Fringe Festival

Across the world, or at least a few cities that I can think of, Fringe Festivals are where it’s at for a bit of culture, drama, expression and comedy. Today, the fifth of October, marks the very end of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival – Starting midway to the second half of September each year and pushing into October.

Literally there are hundreds of shows. Actually too. There’s a vibe if you’re in the inner suburbs or by the heart of Melbourne. It’s a little more ‘alternative’ compared to the Comedy Festival, but essentially you still get your choice of some awesome plays. Last night I got to see my one and only show for the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014. Sadly, I worked close to 100 hours over the last two weeks and I simply have not had time to see more shows.

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Photo by Willy Cerda Jnr

I know a number of people performing in the fringe, and it would have been nice to get to see more shows. If you are around for the next Melbourne Fringe, you will find tickets at roughly $20-30, and a lot of shows that are less than an hour in length. If though you keep your ear to the ground you’ll no doubt be able to score half price tickets if you go on the right days to the right shows – Tuesdays and Wednesdays are often cheap, and if you’re travelling it doesn’t need to be the weekend to go out, right?
I saw ‘Who are you supposed to be’, starring Rob Lloyd and Jen Lusk, written by Keith Gow. Yes, before you say anything, it’s another ‘Doctor Who’ themed play. It’s very clever – it is about two Doctor Who fans who meet at a convention. If you are a Doctor Who fan yourself, you’ll be laughing (out loud) and counting all the references to the show.
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Rob and Jen are not only fans but both are very talented performers, and Jen in fact performed her role in the show when the show was at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. Even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, there are plenty of laughs, although being into some sort of Geekdom will certainly be to your advantage as you’ll find references to Star Wars, Firefly, Babylon Five and other Sci Fi tales abounding throughout.
It’s a comedy, and it’s not weird or abstract either. Which you know, some fringe shows can be. And it’s a fun night out. AND it’s on TONIGHT at 8pm at the Owl and the Pussycat, 34 Swan St Richmond, for its final show at the Melbourne Fringe! Yes, late notice, I did happen to see the second last show.

If that’s a little too ‘last minute’ for you (and let’s face it…. There’s a good chance), Keith, Jen and Rob will be bringing it back for the Adelaide Fringe Festival next year in February. Adelaide really does come alive at Fringe Festival time – it’s a smaller town so the whole place really gets behind its Fringe Festival, and I’d have to say it’s the best time of the year to visit Adelaide. It is AWFULLY hot I should warn you, but, best time to visit Adelaide hands down!

So folks, Fringe Festivals. A great time to stop by a city. Edinburgh, Adelaide, or Melbourne. What other ones are out there?


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