"I'm a writer living in the Perth Hills with my relentlessly fun seeking children.
Decisions you wont regret the morning after
Fringe world is here at last. It's frivolous, it's fabulous, it's flirtatious and you're the only person in Perth who hasn't been. Never fear, a Monday morning of Fringe bragging rights is in your reach. You're nervous, I understand, with over 700 shows to choose from, how do you decide which one could be your perfect date.
Do you succumb to the charms of that flyer, pushed into your slightly sweaty palm by that enthusiastic drama student?
Do you tag along with your mate Robbo; he has a hipster beard, he must know something right?
Stop right there, put down the phone and read on, for some of the the best tips for finding your first-time Fringe date.
Food for thought Your first stop should undoubtedly be the Fringe world website, but before your fingers even hit the keys, it's a good idea to decide what kind of experience you're looking for, before you get online. Do you want to laugh until your face hurts? Are you after something musical or slightly titillating? Perhaps you want a piece of theatre to challenge your perceptions? Narrowing down just what type of night out you're looking for, is going to save you a lot of time. Sure you can browse the "all events" programme, but by page 21 your head may explode with the sheer choice available.
Battle of the Superheroes (Pic: Fringeworld website)
Search smart The Fringe world search engine is your friend, but just like your friend in real life, it's not going to spill the beans without a little effort on your part. The filter tool is smart, but it's not Siri. If, for example, your a mad keen comic nerd, typing 'DC Comics' into the search bar is not going to yield any results, nor is 'Batman' or even 'comic book', but tap in 'superheroes' and 'Superheroes the great debate' will pop up as your perfect match. So be inventive with your keywords. Website here
Ooh la la
More sauce with that sir? The Fringe world UV rating does not refer to the amount of zinc oxide you need to slap on to attend a show. It's Fringe world's quirky little sauce-o-meter, as to how much adult content, sex, raw language, violence or nudity a show may contain. This can be very useful if you are planning a big night out with a group of friends and you want everyone to be in their comfort zone. You also know what to expect, so you're not in the front row of a burlesque show with your Nan, unless she is into burlesque that is.
World of choice
Pick 'n' mix If it's hard to commit, why not consider checking out a compilation show that features not one, but several comedians on the same bill.
There are a whole raft of these on offer this year, featuring comedians from all around the globe. If you have more of a bent for music and glamour, there are plenty of cabaret and revue shows that offer a good variety of different acts all in one place, to keep you entertained. You're sure to find something you like.
De Parel Spiegeltent
Fringe can be seen everywhere in Perth, beach side, rooftop, small bar to large theatre, so it's worth considering where to see it. If you opt for a tiny venue with an audience capacity of ten, it's going to have an intimate feel and you're going to be up close and personal. Great to immerse yourself in the experience, not so great if you're a party of five that decides to leave half way through. Likewise, the speigeltents offer a more flamboyant, decadent ambience that may be a good deal noisier than most. So if you're looking for a little conversation alongside the action, a restaurant offering a show may be a better fit.
Review the Revue Reviews, it's what your WeekendNotes are made for. Those fun-loving writer people at WeekendNotes, test drive many of these shows with no thought for their own personal safety. Unless it's a premiere, there are likely to be others who have seen the show to give you a better feel before you book.
Avoid the queue
Just the Ticket
Now you've found your perfect partner, all that remains is to book. Although you can buy tickets at one of the many box offices in person, I strongly recommend you save yourself the queuing in sweltering heat scenario and book online. The caveat to this is RushTix where you can buy discounted tickets from 11.00-3.00 online or at the box office, for shows happening on the same day. However these tickets disappear fast and if you've fallen in love with a show in particular, I would bite the bullet for the full ticket price, rather than miss out.
Also, consider going it alone, single tickets are usually easier to get hold of, often being still available when others are sold out. So there you have it, my tips for a successful first-time Fringer and when it's all over, you can congratulate yourself on how alternative you have been, hang out for a cold drink afterwards in one of the beautiful pop-up bars, enjoy the atmosphere and maybe consider growing that ironic beard.