Melbourne Fringe Festival asks… what comfort zone?

13 – 30 September

There’s no better way for Festival-goers to immerse themselves into the world of Melbourne Fringe 2018 then by launching themselves into events with unique locations, exploring powerful themes

 Sleepover Gurlz (Sept 13 – 23, A bedroom in the inner north)
It’s time to cuddle up and jump into one hell of a slumber party in a random inner north bedroom in this special performance by Emma Smith and Vidya Rajan. Inspired by the artists’ lived experience of chronic mental health conditions including feelings of isolation and not being able to leave your room, Sleepover Gurlz stretches far beyond giggles and gossip.

 Seen/Saw (13 – 30 Sept, Meet outside The Fitz)
Join H. Clare Callow as she leads you through the back streets of Fitzroy in an immersive experience that explores and delves into themes of mental illness. This part-walk, part-story-hunt allows individuals to pace through the disconnection within inner urban spaces and how mindful connection with the urban environment can be a source of strength.

The Change: Revolutionary Hip-hop (Sept 13 – 15, Collingwood Housing Estate underground carpark)
Explore a fusion of cultures and historical political events through an interactive performance situated in an underground carpark. From West Papuan refugees on a boat lost at sea, to kids in a Kenyan slum, the Palestinian rappers up against the apartheid wall and the Afghan girl on the run, these characters’ journeys run parallel with the stories of struggle of the First Nations people of Australia. Worlds collide amidst a deadly sound track of hip-hop, traditional and world music with live band accompaniment.

19 Weeks (Sept 13 – 22, Swimming pool at Adina, Melbourne)
Dip your toes into an inner-city swimming pool at the Adina Apartment Hotel, as Emily Steel’s translucent story unravels after her baby was terminated following its Down Syndrome diagnosis. Written by Emily Steel, performed by Tiffany Lyndall Knight, directed by Nescha Jelk and winner of Best Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe 2017 and Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Adelaide Fringe 2018 – 19 weeks is her story. It’s sad, funny, familiar and surprising, not self-righteous or guilt-ridden but complex and truthful.

 Lake (16 Sept, Cross Keys Pavilion, Strathmore)
Devised by visual artist and performer Nick Barlow and supported by the City of Moonee Valley, Lake explores two of our most precious resources, water and people, in a beautiful performance in central Strathmore. Water is carried from Moonee Ponds Creek to create a temporary pond in a Pop-Up Park, participants then create costumes from reclaimed recycled plastics and then join a procession to create a large-scale temporary piece of public art.

This is Grayson (Sept 18 – 30, Starts at The Substation)
Hop onto the bus and go for a surreal and immersive excursion through Newport’s forgotten lands with a little girl called Grayson, who lives between worlds. Presented by award-winning company Gold Santino (Best Performance Fringe 2016 for Dion) and supported by Melbourne Fringe, Hobsons Bay City Council and Australia Council for the Arts, this peculiar adventure through the lens of what Grayson sees and who she meets along the way, is a ride not just for kids and not just for adults, but one to experience together

Coburg Carnivale: nomnomnom (Sept 22, Starts at Victoria St Mall, travels to various Coburg homes)
For those who’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a delivery food worker, you can now complete a series of home deliveries to real houses in Coburg, armed with a roadmap, insulated delivery bag and signature nomnomnom visor. Created by multi-disciplinary artist Roshelle Fong, this intriguing event will have delivery recruits stepping into some of the oldest houses on Australia’s suburban streets and into the deep desires of the people who live there.

Melbourne Fringe is a big, bold and playful celebration of independent art that takes over the city from 13 to 30 September 2018. See established and emerging artists stand side-by-side to make Fringe a fun, affordable way to experience art in Melbourne – are you game? Tickets on sale at