It’s that time of year again - the Newcastle Fringe Festival is on March 20-24, returning for its fourth year.
The 2019 festival will have more than 50 performances across six venues over five big days, thanks to support from this year’s major sponsor Port of Waratah Coal Services.
“There’s something to keep everyone entertained on the program this year across theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and spoken word,” said Newcastle Fringe organiser Phil Aughey.
“You can support our local performers with shows from nine local artists. Plus the festival is getting an international injection with four international artists.”
So where to start? Here are some of the highlights of this year’s festival:
- Emma Malik, If You Can't Train It, Eat It (March 21)
She’s sold out shows at the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, and this year British-born Emma Malik is coming to Newcastle Fringe. The animal trainer turned comedian is used to walking tigers or preventing dwarf horses from having an erection, and even once starred on Thailand’s Got Talent.
- Clark Gormley - Nerds & Music Play The Fringe (March 20)
It’s not often these days you get to see Nerds and Music perform live. Ahead of the release of their third album You Can’t Polish A Nerd (aka The Brown Album), the folk-parody duo are playing a one-off gig n their hometown as part of the Newcastle Fringe. You can also catch Clark in his one-man-show, Further Up the Nerdsville Track on March 21-22.
- Laurie Black: Space Cadette (March 23)
Bored of nuclear war, corrupt politicians and plastic in the sea? Armed with a piano and a synthesiser, London-based cabaret queen Laurie Black explores whether the grass is really greener on the moon. The show is edgy electronic music and beats meets old school cabaret.
- How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (March 20-24)
Want to know how to survive when the dead revive? This multi-award winning spoof seminar from the School of Survival will teach you exactly that. Be prepared for an interactive show - and to find out who in the audience would be crowned the ultimate survivor.
- Sylvia Brécko - Myth (March 23)
Straight from the Adelaide Fringe, German TV host and cabaret artist Sylvia Brécko will be singing the songs of Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Sophia Loren – names that conjure up images of glitz and glamour, the golden age of Hollywood, the heyday of French chanson, and the peak of Italian cinema. And this year, she’s adding a touch of Eurovision.
Tickets for Newcastle Fringe Festival are available at newcastlefringe.com.au.