Five oddities of the Brisbane Fringe
Ash Hauenschild | On 31, Aug 2013
The Brisbane Fringe opens at Black Bear Lodge this weekend, bringing with it a kind of challenge: how weird can it get?
After all, for better and worse, this is â€œan arts festival without bureaucracy and red tape.â€
Prospective artists need only find a willing venue and pay the $50 registration fee to be listed, meaning participants range from absolute amateurs to veterans of the scene.
Sure, as always, there’s plenty of rock solid events this year â€“ with great production and careful marketing and endemic burlesque â€“ but shouldn’t a fringe deliver more than that?
Where is the risk, the subcultures you never knew existed, the elevator pitches so weird they took the stairs?
These five oddities of the Brisbane Fringe deliver all that and so much more. Support the troupes, head to a show, and keep this city wonderfully weird.
Hypno Sculpturing with Dizzy (August 31st from Midday @ King George Square. Entry: Free!)
Passing volunteers will be hypnotised and turned into living statues for your amusement, adding their own static charm to what is arguably Brisbane’s most static public space.
Why you should go: it’s hypnosis!
Chaucer’s Tunes with the Court of Camelot (September 1st from 10:00am @ Ugees Espresso. Entry: Free!)
Genuine medieval tunes and a reading from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales? So retro it makes your hipster vinyl collection look like iTunes.
Why you should go: potentially the most relaxing Sunday morning ever.
Hypatia: Hard Rain Falls (September 5th from 7:30pm @ Merivale Rail Bridge. Entry: Free!)
Expect plenty of audience participation during this mysterious ritual/theatre journey into the underworld, which takes place underneath the Merivale Rail Bridge â€“ a site not known for experimental productions.
Why you should go: because literally anything could happen.
Bloodlust Ball 2013 with the Carpathian Magistratus Vampyre Society (September 7th from 6:30pm @ The Tivoli. Entry: $50 to $120)
Mick Medew (of Screaming Tribesman) and Bat Nouveau headline this gothic extravaganza. Entry includes a book about vampires and a photo souvenir of your night.
Why you should go: it’s a chance to dress up and listen to spooky music!
Grindhouse Wrestling 8 (September 7th from 7:00pm @ Tribal Theatre. Entry: $20)
Live music, professional wrestling and burlesque â€“ together at last! That’s right, Brisbane actually has a local wrestling scene, and I can only assume it’s fantastic.
Why you should go: because you know you want to.