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The Sydney Fringe

Media Release: September 9, 2010 in Arts, Circus, Comedy, Dance, Film & Television, Indigenous, Music, Theatre |

3000 Artists will bust up Sydney’s Inner West from Friday September 10 to Sunday September 26 for the inaugural Sydney Fringe

sydney fringe talentFrom September 10 to 26 the theatres, pubs and public spaces of the inner west will play host to 280 events by 3000+ artists as part of the inaugural Sydney Fringe under artistic director Kris Stewart, which is set to become an annual Spring event.

The inner-west has the venues, the artists and the audiences, says Mr Stewart. We’re modelling the Sydney Fringe on the edgy fringes of Dublin and New York, with a downtown, urban aesthetic. It will be an exciting, high energy, big city fringe.

Stewart brings strong professional entertainment credentials to this ambitious event. He founded and for five years ran the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where he commissioned, developed and produced 133 new musicals, many of whom received Broadway productions, Tony and Pulitzer Prizes. Currently, he is the resident director on the Australian production of Wicked, and the director of the New Musicals Australia initiative.

The Sydney Fringe will use venues in Newtown, Marrickville and Enmore to showcase new work, including music, visual art, performance, visual and digital arts.

We hope it will be the major event celebration that Sydney’s alternative and independent arts scene deserves said Mr Stewart.

It will undoubtedly be the largest alternative arts event seen in NSW with 76 theatre shows, 59 music acts, 30 musicals, 25 visual arts exhibitions, 16 full length comedies, 13 digital arts pieces, 11 pieces of burlesque or circus, 8 dance productions, 4 children’s theatre companies, 2 film festivals, as well as underground artspace tours, laneway festivals, alternative fashion parades, masquerade balls and street theatre.

Included in the broad range of events at the Fringe as a diverse selection of artists are:

Cabaret performers, such as playschool favourite Monica Trapaga in Monica Goes to Rehab, singing numbers made famous by drug-addicted divas like Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday; Adelaide Fringe award-winner Mrs Bang; local favourite Sally Hackett with her show Just another C*** with a Guitar; Adelaide Fringe smash Lane Hinchcliffe and musical theatre composing phenom Anthony Costanzo, whose show features Rob Mills and Lucy Durack (Wicked), Maria Mercedes and Pippa Grandison;

John Paul Young (yes, really) stars in musical comedy Van Park at the Seymour Centre, while at Red Rattler a rent boy attempts to fleece his wealthy client in the black comedy Never Mind the Bumwhore. As well as JPY, you can catch the works of other unique musical icons at The Whole Lotta Love (Led Zepplin), Way Down the Hole (Tom Waits), Tubular Bells for Two (Mike Oldfield) and those legends of fringe culture, Regurgitator!

Brilliant but barely appropriate burlesque, in shows such as Vari-a-tease (featuring burlesque dancers Miss Cherry Valens, Kitty van Horne and Danica Lee), Burlesque Assassin (following hit Melbourne and New Zealand productions), the exhuberant extravaganza

Alchemical Cabaret, featuring the world’s first double razor blade act, and Melbourne pranksters Good Clean Fun in their absurdist punk-sideshow-comedy!

Cutting edge shows from the smart end of town, such as Dansatori, a dance group based in Wollongong, performing in Sydney for the first time with their show, Pistol Whipped; Shakespeare smashed up in In The Slaughterhouse of Love and Shakespeare in Full Color; and one of the original “Fringe artists” Pearls Before Swine: an evening with Orson Wells;

Events within events, such as the Changing Lanes Festival, the Bohemian Masquerade Ball, Lunamorph Alternative Fashion Event, the Projector Bike roving cinema, The Big Backyard outdoor festival in Sydney Park, The Fringe Pop Up Festival, which takes roving music stages through Newtown, the Sydney Underground Film Festival, the Mobile Screenfest which features films made on phones and mobile devices, the Poetry Underground Film Festival, and the ST2K street art event, which will be one of Australia’s largest celebrations of street art.

Along with the curated component of the Fringe, there will be many other free events, and an exciting new partnership with the iconic Imperial Hotel. “The Impy”, reopening after three years and a fantastic renovation, will be Fringe Central for the duration of the Sydney Fringe, and the place to meet people before or after catching a show. With ticket prices widely kept to the level of $20 to $25, the focus is on affordability, and tickets are available by telephoning 02 9550 3666 or at

The Sydney Fringe has carved its home in the Inner West as a project of the Newtown Entertainment Precinct, where there’s the highest concentration of independent theatres and live performance spaces in Sydney – and the home of more working artists than any community in Australia.

THE SYDNEY FRINGE is a two week, multi-discipline cultural event set within the theatres, galleries, clubs and public spaces of Sydney’s Inner West. The largest alternative arts event in NSW, The Sydney Fringe is a peek underneath at the urban and the unconventional, with activity ranging from edgy, alternative theatre to major concerts and visual arts openings; from free one-off events to all night parties, and performances of all scales. The Sydney Fringe has been founded by the Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association (NEPA), an alliance of Inner West arts and cultural venues, and it is proudly supported by the City of Sydney and Marrickville Council in association with Century Venues, Peter Lehmann Wines, Canadian Club, Grolsch.

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