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Risk-Free Independent Arts Picks at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015

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by Monique Thorpe (subscribe)
Globe-trotting nomad life since April 2015.
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Fringe Festival guide for the unacquainted

Independent arts can be wonderful, they can bend your mind, take you to new places and reignite your passion with music, theatre, comedy and cabaret. They can also be scary. Make you feel like you're experiencing the longest 90 minutes of your life, or take you to places that you never want to revisit. Melbourne Fringe Festival is on of the best ways to experience independent theatre, comedy, cabaret, music and most other forms of artistic expression in Melbourne. To make sure you have the right kind of experience, I'm here to offer you some risk-free suggestions to navigating your way through the Melbourne Fringe Festival program this year. These acts have all proven themselves in the past and are offering quality, entertaining and accessible independent shows.

Shut Up and Dance
Presented by Melbourne's The Town Bikes, an acrobatic comedy duo, Shut Up and Dance is returning for its second year in 2015. This interactive dance party is hosted by Yana Alana and featured a range of instructors who give en masse dance tuition to the crowds in the most ridiculous of manners. To compliment this absurdity, there are performances by Nuholani Polynesian Performing Arts, Australian Natural Bodybuilding Vic and Anna's Go-Go Academy. This one-off event is sure to sell out.
When: Fri 25 Sep, 10:00 pm

Where: North Melbourne Town Hall, North Melbourne
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Melbourne Fringe Festival, Shut up and dance,
Shut Up and Dance. Image:

Randy Writes a Novel
From the famed duo Randy and Sammy J, Randy the puppet is branching out and going solo. Randy will read to you from his new unpublished novel. You're sure to leave the venue with tears in your eyes as every time this purple high-pitched puppet takes to the stage, he leaves nothing behind. There is also an Auslan interpreted performance of Randy Writes a Novel on 23 September.
When: 18 20 Sept & 22 25 Sept, 9.15pm

Where: Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne
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Geraldine Quinn - MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt
This diva is a staple in anyone's Melbourne Fringe Festival experience. She delivers quality, polished and entertaining shows year on year. In 2015, Geraldine Quinn is bringing her latest and some say greatest show yet back to Melbourne. It has picked up awards at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and rave reviews at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Geraldine would like to talk to you about aunthood and the joy and pain of not having children of your own, but about embarrassing your sibling's children. This is a show that every modern woman will love, and most of the men too.
When: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Festival, at 7pm
Where: North Melbourne Town Hall, North Melbourne

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Melbourne Fringe Festival, Geraldine Quinn,

The Dad Show
For all the Dads who think they blessed their comedic children with their gifts. This one-off special event will see comedians take to the stage with their dads. That's right, expect lame jokes, public shaming and heartwarming moments. An easy sell-out event, be sure to get in early for this one.
When: Tue 29 Sep, 10pm

Where: ArtsHouse, North Melbourne
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Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Dad show,

WOMANz: How to be a Rock Star
Tessa Waters, of the multi-award winning WOMANz is back this year with a treat just for the kiddies. Described as an 'epic space rock opera spectacular', if you have kids, nieces, nephews, neighbours with kids or friends with kids be sure to take them to see this. Tessa is a very funny lady who is using this kids show to teach the next generation about body positivity and more importantly, how to be a rockstar.
When: 29 Sept 3 Oct, 11.15am
Where: North Melbourne Town Hall, North Melbourne

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

Luke tells the story of being diagnosed with cancer, going through Chemo treatment and coming out the other side all whilst trying to conduct a relatively normal childhood and adolescence. You see Luke Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer twice; once at 11 years of age and once at 22. Imagine how awkward your teen years were, now imagine that with cancer from a comedian's point of view. Luke tells his story in a light-hearted and strong way, that makes you want to be his best mate. This show has toured nationally and is sure to be a great success here in Melbourne also.
When: 18 20 Sept & 22 25 Sept, 8pm
Where: Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne

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Yana Alana Covered
For those who are not acquainted with Yana Alana, she is the alter-ego of the very talented Sarah Ward. The write up for this show explains it, and her, pretty much perfectly with the line "Yana Alana Covered is a show for all those audience members who want to see this multi award winning cabaret performer bare her soul but not her arse". Yana Alana has blown audiences away over the past few years with her shows Tears Before Bedtime and Between The Cracks. This quick witted woman is sure entertain with her new show as not only is she a fabulous on-stage personality, she also has the voice and talent to back it up.
When: 29 Sept 3 October, 8:30 pm
Where: Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne

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yana alana, sarah ward, melbourne fringe festival

Loani Arman: Period
Loani is back in Melbourne after her run of sold-out Sydney Fringe Festival shows. She is no longer pregnant on stage, however she sure to bring to the stage her unique breed of brutal female honestly, coupled with a frank and humorous look at society. Loani is a multi-award winning comedian and actress, do not miss this one ladies, bring your husbands for a dose on tough love.
When: 26-30 Sept & 1-4 Oct, check website for times
Where: Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne

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Why? For Fringe Festival Laughs
When: From 16 September - 4 October 2015
Where: Various locations in North Melbourne
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I hadn't even heard of the fringe Festival before I came across it on Weekend Notes. There is so much talent it's hard to choose between them.
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