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Fringe World Festival 2012

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by Jo Turnbull (subscribe)
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The Fringe Festival is on in Perth from the 26th of January until the 19th of February. It prides itself on delivering more than 150 shows from over 800 artists all in Perth and for no more than $40 per show. The garden by the arts centre has been taken over by mini caravans selling tickets for all the different events, ice cream, drink and food stands. It is a great place to come to and chill before you go and see one of the shows.
The Fringe Festival
The Fringe Festival

I went to my first Fringe event last Thursday when I saw a cabaret performance called "Meow Meow" at Fringeworld Speigeltent, right by Perth station.

Tickets were $40 each and the show lasted 70 minutes.

Melissa Madden Gray from Melbourne is the performer of "Meow Meow" and is accompanied on stage by a pianist and a drummer/cello player. Meow Meow is a finalist in the London Cabaret Awards for Best One Off Show and I can see why. The performance was amazing. I had only been to one cabaret before, that was at Cellar Door in London. Meow Meow was funny, energetic, quirky and she had the most amazing and powerful voice. She sang in French, English and Spanish, all three with perfect accents.

Meow Meow Performing
Meow Meow Performing

Meow Meow certainly knew how to work her audience encouraging them to come on stage, hold her microphone, act as an arm char, give off smoke to add more atmosphere to the performance. The audience were happy to be involved in the show and really got into character. Instead of having a group of back up singers, Meow Meow encouraged 10 people to hold barbie dolls and make the dolls dance behind her as she sang. The finale was a crowd surf of a blown up doll dressed as Meow Meow as being a small audience, probably wasn't worth the risk her crowd surfing herself. In some of her past performances, she has crowd surfed into the audience safely.

Meow Meow has shows in Melbourne, Sydney, London and her biggest fans are in Germany and USA. I thoroughly recommend checking out the cabaret show next time she is in your town.
Buying Tickets for Fringe
Buying Tickets for Fringe
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Why? Celebrate the Fringe Festival
When: January 26 - February 19, 2012
Cost: $5 - $40
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