Melbourne Fringe Festival is just a week away from launching and this year 100 First Nations artists are presenting or performing in 44 new shows. Now it its second year, Deadly Fringe unearths and nurture brand new works by First Nations artists and producers and this year presents three new works including:
Matriarch is a dynamic one woman show that illuminates the strength and resilience of four generations of Gumbaynggirr women from the 1940s to the present day. Indigenous actress, Sandy Greenwood (pictured), weaves a compelling story that explores cultural identity, the intergenerational effects of the stolen generation and what it means to be a fair-skinned black woman in modern Australia.
Fringe Hub: Arts House – Warehouse, 22-23 & 25-29 Sep
Artist Declan Furber Gillick presents Bighouse Dreaming, a show about a young Aboriginal person in the NT Youth Justice System – think Ned Flanders’ race porn fetish. Witness a prison officer’s smutty underage liaison. Behold a land-grabbing Legal Aid lawyer. Bighouse Dreaming is presented as part of Critical Mass.
Brunswick Mechanics Institute – Theatre, 25-29 Sep
Liyan is an experimental performance by Sermsah Bin Saad that draws on personal experiences to explore the idea of following the stars through the medium of dance, theatre, song and poetry.
The Melba Spiegeltent, 14 – 17 Sep
The rest of the fest features more fantastic shows (and one deadly dance party!) by Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists including:
They’re back (like a boomerang) with 100% Aussie laughs. Aborigi-LOL returns with an encore performance after selling out its entire run during this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Two of Australia’s funniest first-nationers: Dane Simpson and Matt Ford put the ‘rad’ into traditional. Get some culture into ya, ‘Straya.
Fringe Hub: Lithuanian Club – Main Theatre, 27 Sep
Big queer Aboriginal women, small redneck town. Pilepileta encapsulates the resilience of the human spirit in a poignant, painful yet powerfully beautiful show. Giving voice to the silenced and hope for those who walk with nothing, Pilepileta demonstrates how even with odds stacked against you, with a few friends, and the Creator Eagle Bunjil, anything is possible.
Theatre Works, 25-30 Sep
All That Glitters is Blak
Melbourne Fringe and Koorie Heritage Trust present a deadly First Nations dance party, featuring an all-night dance floor set to paint our city blak. Featuring a non-stop line-up of live contemporary music from First Nations artists, this is a glorious celebration of the enduring legacy of First Nations art and music. Featuring DRMNGNW (Neil Morris), Yorta Yorta, beats from Pyemairrenner musician DJ KYAANZ (Kalyani Mumtaz); and a set from Tongberang’i ngarrga expressing their Aboriginal culture through their dance music. Accompanied by stunning projections from Josh Muir, start your weekend the way you want to end it – gettin’ sweaty on the dancefloor. A welcome space for one and all, including an open invitation for all First Nations people – come for the music, and stay for the party.
Fringe Hub: Arts House – Festival Club, 15 Sep
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 www.melbournefringe.com.au.