Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Let us entertain you
That's right, it's back, bigger, better and brassier than ever, champing at the bit to massively entertain you this summer.
The fringe gets going from Australia Day eve, 25 January to 24 February 2013 - over four weeks jam packed with a smorgasbord of shows to choose from.
People of Perth, look forward to a massively entertaining summer with a sampling of shows like: FRISKY AND MANNISH (UK) -The sell out pop music sensations of Fringe World & Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and 2011 are BACK with their brand new show, Extra Curricular Activities.
EASTEND CABARET (LONDON) - Internationally acclaimed London-based musical comedy duo and winners of the Adelaide Fringe 2012 "Best Cabaret" award present their new show Notoriously Kinky.
THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT Ex-con Jackie and coke addict Veronica have been in love since the eighth grade. Nothing can come between them. Except a hat. Set smack in the middle of New York's mean streets, this Broadway hit is high-octane, hilarious and completely irreverent.
TREVOR ASHLEY IS LIZA (ON AN E) After sell-out and return seasons across Australia, Trevor Ashley, channels the superb talents of the iconic Liza Minnelli in Liza (On an E). From her marriage to Australia's song-and-dance darling, Peter Allen, to pill popping and her showbiz family, Liza dishes the dirt on her extraordinary life like you've never seen her before.
THE STANDOVER MAN Smiling assassins, dead saints, awkward first dates, ruthless drug lords and live music...a mind bending night out, not to be missed. The Standover Man is a surprising modern day fable set in a seedy criminal underworld where the magical and the mundane are mixed with a hint of the maniacal.
MR STRONG; ACROBATICS, COMEDY AND FIRE Mr Strong is a modern twist on the traditional strongman and assistant circus show.This high energy show inspires awe and wonder in every audience member, and keeps you laughing throughout, as everything is dangerous, but nothing is serious!
TRIXIE AND MONKEY (NEW YORK) - WA PREMIERE New York City's award-winning burlesque duo Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey are heading to Fringe World 2013 to present their eye-popping acrobatics and banana-flavoured insanity!
A pinch of Paris and a blast of New Orleans, a night of bada-bing and ba-dum-ching! Featuring the Australian premiere of stunning Parisian Burlesque sensation, Lada Redstar.
TELL MAMA; THE MUSIC OF ETTA JAMES Stratosfunk are paying tribute to a great lady of Soul. Join them in a hip-wiggling, soul-stirring good time as they bring a little something of their own to the music and songs made famous by Etta James. Featuring a spectacular 10-piece band and special guests Libby Hammer and Rusty Pinto.
MARCEL LUCONT (FRANCE) Prepare to be charmed by Marcel Lucont, regardless of your gender and sexual preference. Contains magic and tits.
Great Scott! Morgan & West are bringing a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you with their trademark mixture of magic, wit and whimsy.
TUMBLE CIRCUS (BELFAST)
An absurd jaunt into the soul of man, exploring how relationships can fall apart, how they land on their feet, and how they survive, featuring flying hula-hoops, slapstick acrobatics, stunning aerial rope and daring double trapeze.
PACO ERHARD (BERLIN) - AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Paco Erhard is German, but he has other problems too. A riotous one man comedy show.
BRIEFS (BRISBANE) - All male, all vaudeville, all trash! Briefs are an all male, sharp shootin' cabaret of burlesque with balls, high-flying circus bandits, and savage gender offenders!
THE WIVES OF HEMINGWAY (PERTH) - WORLD PREMIERE A love triangle on safari; welcome to a surreal and twisted imagining of renowned writer Ernest Hemingway's many marriages, complete with big game hunting, unbridled heroics and sordid sexual exploits. Directed by Zoe Pepper and featuring Tim Watts.
THE DIVINE MISS BETTE
Bawdy, brash and as fabulous as the original, critically acclaimed Sydney performer Catherine Alcorn channels the legendary Bette Midler in this smash-hit cabaret. Featuring showstoppers such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Delta Dawn, Wind Beneath My Wings, From A Distance and The Rose.
DRAGS ALOUD (MELBOURNE) - WORLD PREMIERE Fabulously camp and deliciously funny, Drags Aloud present the world premiere of the gloriously twisted comedy cabaret, The Priscilla Experience.
MANGINA (MELBOURNE) - What happens when a middle-aged man decides to spend the rest of his life as a woman?
MINNIE AND MONA (PERTH) - WORLD PREMIERE
The twisted tale of a friendship based on a hilarious and gruesome game, as they mourn, embalm, infect and die. Created by The Duck House and featuring Arielle Gray (It's Dark Outside).
ALI MCGREGOR'S ALCHEMY
Returning with her new show Alchemy, Ali McGregor draws on all her influences from opera to trashy 80s pop divas and rock gods. Backed by a trio of jazz musicians she creates hybrids and mash-ups from the likes of Salt n Pepa, Blur & INXS.
A HISTORY OF DRINKING (PERTH)
Step into the bar and select a drink. Each delicious drink is prepared with a performance and served with a slice of history, fable, song or fact by The Bartender.
NEVER MIND THE MONSTERS - WORLD PREMIERE
A unique and thought-provoking darkly comic double bill, which intertwines laughter with an exploration of the poorly understood realm of mental illness.