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Fringe World fun and frolics come to Inglewood Night Markets
A range of Fringe World acts will entertain visitors to the Inglewood Monday Night Markets as part a build up to the big summer festival around Perth.
Each Monday from January 14 to February 11 acts will be appearing in the Town Square, in front of the Inglewood Library, to give a taster of what they'll be doing for the festival.
Chair of Inglewood on Beaufort Community Group, Damien Giudici says it's a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy a no-cook Monday with food from the dozens of vendors at the markets and at the same time be entertained by some world class acts.
Captain Boots and Captain Redbeard's piratical humour draws laughter from kids and adults alike.
Among the mix will be plenty of child-friendly activity in the way of dance, singalongs, circus, acrobatics and music. Performances from 6.15pm to 8.30pm will give a taste of what people can expect from Fringe World's 700 events at around 138 venues over 31 days from January 18.
The free family event aims to promote Perth's Fringe World Festival artists, including WA's talented local artists and performers to encourage people to buy tickets to the full-length performances at Fringe World.
For the official Fr'Inglewood launch at the Inglewood Town Square on January 14, Pirates!! at 6.15pm for 15 minutes allows kids from four to 12 to go on their own pirate adventure with Captain Boots and Captain Redbeard integrating the children's own ideas into the plot. For more information, click here.
At 6.45pm, Let it go! Singalong and Dance Party! will give a 15 minute performance for children aged three to 12, with adults encouraged to join in renditions of favourite songs from children's films.
Melvin Brown's unique take on 50s and 60s black soul music includes some amazing tap dancing.
Created by Zane Alexander and Chloe King, the stars of live shows including The Wish Upon A Star Disney Ball, Shrek, Ben 10, and Scooby Doo, children are welcome to dress up as their favourite character for the performance.
At 7.15pm is Do you SEA me?, a 15-minute singalong, LED-light juggling, sea shanty circus show on the high seas.
There'll be lots of pirate clichés from Perth circus artist, Pirateman Michael, along with sing-alongs in between a juggling act featuring LED lights, fire spinning, flow arts, and illusionary acts.
Then at 7.45pm, the nine-piece Milford Street Shakers will perform a 30-minute live showcase of its Soul Slap performance, a foot tapping sojourn through the Soul, Blues and R&B music of the 1960s giving people the chance to dance along to the Watusi, the Mashed Potato and the Twist.
The daring women of YUCK! Circus bring comedy to their breathtaking acrobatics and dance show.
In coming weeks the Fringe World performances will include:
· Forever in my Life, a tribute to performer Prince with a sample of Prince songs, stories and musings with fringe artist Michael Wheatley, a passionate fan of Prince's music and art, who performed the lead role in the Australian Prince Show in the early 1990s. He explores the grey area between inspiration and imitation through the music of Prince and the connection fans have with their idols and the grief they feel when that person dies, even though they have never met.
· Movin' Melvin Brown is Melvin Brown's, 50s 60s Black soul music plus tap. With a five decade career in storytelling, song and tap dance Melvin is regarded as the last of the great song and dance men. His work features the songs of Ray Charles, James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding and he tap-dances the music of Michael Jackson.
Michael Wheatley's tribute to Prince is spellbinding.