City of Stonnington is thrilled to present So Soiree, a special pilot Melbourne Fringe Festival program which features performances across comedy, cabaret and circus, celebrating the local art scene. So Soiree takes place at the new intimate pop-up performance venue, The Parlour, located in Grattan Gardens, as well as at Chapel off Chapel and Prahran Square.

Taking inspiration from Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe festivals, the stunning outdoor area of Grattan Gardens will serve as a hub for Stonnington events during Melbourne Fringe Festival. Audiences can visit the Fringe Festival Garden before and after performances, grab a drink from a menu created by Blackhearts & Sparrows, and visit a nearby dinner spot, including the newly relocated Entrecôte, Italian hotspot Ladro, stylish steakhouse Angus & Bon, Modern Israeli favourite Golda, delicious Hu Tong Dumplings, and many more.

Stonnington will certainly be making some noise this Melbourne Fringe Festival, with highlights including, The People of Cabaret, a two-night-only variety takeover that showcases a riot of internationally-acclaimed cabaret, burlesque and circus artists, all of whom identify as Indigenous and/or Bla(c)k and/or people of colour. Hosted by award-winning cabaret queens Victoria Falconer and Miss Cairo, this award-winning collective are here to send out a rallying cry of fabulousness to uplift, celebrate and empower. 8 – 10 October, The Parlour.

Town Choir is a musical event from the minds of Canada’s Theatre Replacement which reframes everyday observations as epic, choral declarations. As texts are produced by acclaimed local writers Alistair Baldwin, Nayuka Gorrie and Michele Lee, they are immediately sung out to the public by an enormous, outdoor choir assembled in Prahran Square in glorious, four-part harmony. Conducted by leading queer artist and composer Evan Lawson (Forest Collective), and featuring singers from across Melbourne; Town Choir examines the intimate and minute experiences of individual Australians and takes them to monumental proportions, celebrating the singular voice through the power of the collective. 9 October, Prahran Square.

 Tulliah will kick off Chapel Fringe Sessions, singing songs from her new EP recorded during lockdown where she worked remotely with Grammy award-winning producer David Kahne in NYC who has worked with Lana Del Ray, Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks. She has garnered lots of international press and attention in the UK where she was named “One to Watch 2021” by The Independent and “Breaking Act” by The Times. 10 October, Chapel off Chapel.

 From New York’s notorious club scene, comes Blunderland, featuring kitschy cabaret and burlesque acrobatics, the night is vibrant, shocking and uproarious. Blunderland is an evening that is as naughty as it is wholesome, and as raunchy as it sweet. This show is juicy and super fresh, not for the meek. Come prepared for anything. 9 – 16 October.

Enjoy the new show, Josh Glanc: The Best Bits. Josh Glanc has won a host of comedy awards, sold out shows around the world, and now he’s home after spending 2020 locked-down in a small flat in London, slowly losing his mind. To celebrate, he’s doing ‘the best bits’ from his acclaimed theatre-comedy shows. Come see why he’s been named one of comedy’s “most exciting emerging talents” by The Age. 14 October, The Parlour.

 From the people who brought you Neon and Can’t Face, Werk It – Tight Fit, (pictured left) is an all-new, late-night, high-energy, acrobatic comedy romp. Celebrating spandex, high-vis, vitality and vigour – expect never seen before acrobatic feats and jaw dropping skill. It’s the low carb love-child of a tradie, a spin instructor and a cross-fit fiend, featuring outrageous circus by Australia’s hottest acrobats, including award-winning Vincent van Berkel (Can’t Face), hula hoop sensation Lisa Lottie (Neon), manipulation idol Richard Sullivan (Jugg Life), real life strong woman Cassia Jamieson (NICA) and fierce as hell Malia Walsh (Circus Trick Tease). 15 – 17 October, The Parlour.

Stonnington Presents So Soiree: Melbourne Fringe Festival – 3 – 17 October 2021