Fringe binge for senses

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Bunbury Fringe artistic director Jo O'Dea with venue manager Renee Morrison and her dog Lulu who will be entering the Alice in Wonderland dog parade.
Camera IconBunbury Fringe artistic director Jo O'Dea with venue manager Renee Morrison and her dog Lulu who will be entering the Alice in Wonderland dog parade. Credit: Picture: Nicolette Barbas, Nicolette Barbas Picture:

Fun, freaky and frivolous, Bunbury Fringe is back for 2021 with a line-up that has something for everyone — even your pooch!

Comedians, drag queens, magicians, singers and performers will flock from far and wide.

After an unpredictable year for events, Bunbury Fringe artistic director Jo O’Dea is excited to see the event go ahead in January.

“The Bunbury Fringe team has forged ahead, and with a new executive committee they have launched the full program,” Ms O’Dea said.

“COVID-19 has taught us to value what we have, and this is what Bunbury Fringe will celebrate next year.”

There will be 30 shows over nine days, all presented in the newly-refurbished Stirling Street Arts Centre.

A thought-provoking play created and performed by Noongar and Wadjella (“whitefella”) actors will open the festival.

Their play Bindjareb Pinjarra explores the black and white versions of the Pinjarra Massacre of 1834.

Famous Sharron will also be swanning around the South West over the weekend hosting an Alice in Wonderland-themed dog parade and story-reading for all ages.

“The City of Bunbury is set to throb with theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops and all things entertaining, thought-provoking and fun,” Ms O’Dea said.

“The value of Fringe is very much about joy and nourishing our souls in relation to culture, entertainment and community spirit and I found that this year there was a sense of joy when people gathered.” More than 35 Fringe Buddy shows will also be launched in early January.

For the full program, go to bunburyfringe.com.

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