Fringeworld 2014 packed with hundreds of shows – from the frivolous to the sexy

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Since its inception in 2011 – practically set up as a more affordable sideline to the more expansive (and often more expensive) Perth International Arts Festival – Fringeworld has grown from strength to strength and now carries great weight on its own.

In three short years it has evolved into a four-week festival that in 2014 is offering 450 free and ticketed events held across some 60 venues, ready to attract over a quarter of a million visitors.

Having sampled a taster of the festival last night – in the form of ‘The Best of Fringeworld Spectacular’, Cream can safely say that Perthites are in for a long, fun and sexy ride.

In just over an hour, the compiled show featured various Fringeworld acts from the areas of circus, burlesque, drag, cabaret, even old-school slapstick – with artists including a mad monkey-man dressed as a ballerina (from the ‘Bottoms Up Circus’) whose tribute to the humble banana is turned into an epic production, and some very talented trapeze and calisthenics acts that you may have seen before on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’.

The nightly ‘Best of Fringe’ spectaculars are hosted at the very fresh venue that is The Empyrean on Lake Street, and offer a great ‘mixed dish’ of Fringeworld morsels, including six-minute offerings by rotating guest acts. For example, last night the crowd enjoyed dirty-talking duo Eastend Cabaret, pictured, who insisted on gyrating with male audience members. Their final standalone show is on tonight at the Spiegeltent.

Both male and female audience members were teased with strip shows by both the sexes including classy acts from representatives of Miss Burlesque Australia and downright dirty twerking from a trio of buffed-up guys.

The Empyrean presents even darker Vaudeville-like and burlesque acts from 10pm which promise to “undoubtedly leave you begging for more”.

All up, last night’s mix of Fringeworld shenanigans proved that this year’s festival is set to be bigger, brighter and bolder than before. And Cream looks forward to bringing you our reviews of all the best bits (including lots of naught ones).

For information and ticketing visit www.fringeworld.com.au.