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Top 5 Picks for Melbourne Fringe 2019

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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The festival where truly anything goes
Melbourne's favourite all-inclusive, anything goes arts festival, Melbourne Fringe 2019 is going to be bigger than ever - over 3,000 artists presenting more than 450 works in 170 plus venues to an estimated audience of over 360,000 people. With such a wide selection available, across categories including dance, comedy, theatre, visual arts and music, it will be difficult to pick out which to see, so I've put together my top picks as a starting point.

The Fringe program helpfully rates each event as 'inside', 'pushing' or 'outside' the comfort zone, so please take account of your tolerances for the outrageous in making your selection.

1. Moira Finucane's The Rapture Chapter II: Art vs Extinction

Rating: Outside the Comfort Zone

I saw Moira's The Rapture Chapter I and was mesmerised, so it's perhaps predictable that The Rapture Chapter II would be my first pick.

You never know quite what you're going to get with one of Moira's multi award-winning performances, you just know they will be stunning and impactful and unforgettable. Chapter II is described as "a new glacier cracking, earth-shattering incarnation", so leave your judgment at the door, hold onto your seat and get ready for a wild ride!

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 top picks
Moira - magnificent

Contains full frontal nudity, strong coarse language, potentially triggering content or themes, including simulated blood.

The Rapture Chapter II plays at 5.30pm or 7.30pm (check Festival program for time) from the 11th - 29th September (no shows Mondays and Tuesdays) at fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Running time is 90 minutes.

Tickets are $38 - $48. Click here for more information and ticketing.

2. Circus-Cision: Those that Made the Cut

Rating: Outside the Comfort Zone

This late-night variety show has a class line-up of performers who will leave you open-mouthed! Expect spellbinding acts from Spiegeltent legends through to the hottest circus superstars of this year's Fringe.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 top picks
Late night variety show - outside the comfort zone

And if you're wondering why circus might take you outside the comfort zone, do heed this warning:

WARNING: Acrobats perform Full Frontal Nudity.

Circus-Cision plays at 9.30pm or 10.30pm (check program for time) on 13th, 14th, 21st and 28th September at The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Fed Square, The Paddock, Melbourne. Running time is 60 minutes.

Tickets are $31 - $35. Click here for more information and ticketing.

3. Fantastic Breasts (And Where to Find Them)

Rating: Pushing the Comfort Zone

Okay, I admit this one got on to my list because the name of the show made me laugh! An unashamed rip off of the Harry Potter book of (almost) the same name, you'll also find a representation of some of your favourite Potter characters in this show.

Someone has let lose multiple and saucy magical creatures and they're threatening to expose more than just the Wizarding World. Harry and friends will take you on a journey involving mystifying burlesque, feats of magic, drag performance and more, all with a wizardly twist.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 top picks
This cabaret is truly magical

Fantastic Breasts plays at 8pm on 12th - 14th September at 24 Moons, 2 Arthurton Road, Northcote. Running time is 120 minutes.

Tickets are $30 - $35. More information and ticketing here.

4. Yummy Deluxe

Rating: Pushing the Comfort Zone

As the winner of 'Best Cabaret' Fringe World 2019, this show had to go on my list. Internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded, this Melbourne troupe is home to once again share their breath-taking drag, music, circus, and burlesque with local fans.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 top picks
Internationally successful Yummy Deluxe is back in Melbourne to wow audiences

Yummy Deluxe plays at 7pm or 8pm (check program for time) on 12th - 29th September (no show on Mondays). The venue is Fringe Hub - Ballroom, Trades Hall, Cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton. Running time is 60 minutes.

Tickets are $35 - $38. You'll find more information and ticketing details here.

5. Estimated Time Arrival

Rating: Pushing the Comfort Zone

Sam is looking for direction in her life, and hopes she'll find it by becoming a ride-share driver. Based on real-life accounts of Sam, a gay woman, Estimated Time Arrival introduces us to some of Sam's regular clients. In a major revelation, Sam learns that they are not much different to her: they have been waiting for their own lives to arrive, catch up, or leave them behind altogether.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 top picks
Life as revealed to a ride-share driver

Estimated Time Arrival plays at 7pm or 9pm (check website for time) on 12th -14th September, at Chapel off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran. Running time is 60 minutes.

Tickets are $22 - $27. Click here for more information and ticketing.

Please head on over to the Melbourne Fringe website and have a look at the many great shows featuring in this year's line up.
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Why? Push your boundaries - experience theatre that challenges
When: Various times between 12th and 29th September 2019
Phone: Box Office: (03) 9660 9666
Where: Various venues, please see program for details
Cost: See Fringe website for ticket prices
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