This year the Newcastle Fringe Festival is really taking it to the next level. Over two massive weeks, they’ll present over 130 performances across 10 venues with shows that will make you laugh, cry and have you up dancing in the isles.
Some of the highlights include country music artists Catherine Britt and Henry Wagons, British artist Li Laurent, world-touring comedian and poet, Marty Bright, Triple Treat Comedy with Peter Berner, Tommy Dean and Darren Sanders and a show featuring a world-renowned basketball freestyle. But that’s honestly just the tip of the iceberg.
The 2022 Newcastle Fringe will take over Newcastle from the 17th until the 27th of March 2022.
FIND OUT WHAT’S ON
The new-look Newcastle Fringe website now boasts a day by day guide to what’s on. You can find what shows are playing when, get information about the venues and purchase tickets.
One of the best things about the Newcastle Fringe is how affordable the ticket prices are. That means you can see a whole heap of shows without breaking the bank and you’ll have cash left over for a few drinks or a meal at the host venue.
Each year there is an opportunity to become a volunteer of the Newcastle Fringe. Volunteers can provide the fringe with critical skills in the months leading up to the festival but they can also help working front-of-house, taking and selling tickets, helping with bump-ins, and bump-outs, and assisting at the venue with the audience.
GET THE MERCH
This year The Fringe have a range of merch including shirts, mugs, tote bags and hoodies for you to wear during the festival and show your love all year long. And by purchasing Fringe merch you’ll be helping the organisers continue their work supporting artists and giving emerging performers a chance to showcase their productions.
There are stacks of great shows to feast on over two weekends across several venues but here are a few we think should not be missed.
FRINGE FESTIVAL CHOIR DAY
A mini choir festival that will lift your heart, bring a sparkle to your eyes and joy to your soul.
Something really special happens when a group of people come together in song. Don’t miss this very special day and the chance to show your support for artists who have long had to be silent.
BASKETBALL MAN CAN FLY: RASHAUN AKA BASKETBALL MAN
Rashaun aka Basketball is a world-renowned Basketball Freestyler. This show combines amazing tricks, comedy, and an exciting stage presence in a one of a kind original show. BasketballMan is a must-see for kids and their grown-ups.
THE MAJISHANS PRESENT NASHVILLE: A ROCK ODYSSEY
This is the story of an almost-famous band whose manager offers them a breakthrough gig in Nashville. What follows is an epic journey of survival, loss and transformation. Presented by The Majishans, a group of local artists and musicians, who combine spoken word and original music to create something they call rock poetry. This is the show people will be talking about at the end of The Fringe.
WHEN SHAKESPEARE MET SHAKESPEARE
Four shakespeare conspiracies pitted against one another in a hapless bid to find the truth. What if William Shakespeare was not even William Shakespeare? What if he was an aristocrat, or a criminal desperately attempting to hide his identity? Should anyone really care and does any of this even matter? Find out at the Creative Arts Space during The Fringe.
GEORGINA WINCHESTER – PIANO FROM GRESFORD
If you only see one show this Fringe. Make it this one. It combines music, story-telling and theatre in a piece that was written and produced by 24-year-old local musician and founder of Purple Top Records, Georgie Winchester, in collaboration with young writer Angus Sharpe who is studying creative writing at the University of Newcastle.
Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt. This is a one-woman storytelling comedy told by a wise grandmother and a young traveller. Cindy’s in a crisis – rolling dolmades with one hand while desperately swiping right with the other.
ROBYN REYNOLDS – MERMAID
Handpicked for the Emerging Artist Sharehouse at Sydney Fringe Festival, Robyn Reynolds presents an hour of comedy, filled with relatable moments and Bridget Jones level of personal embarrassment. And Robyn says that much like Ariel, she has a fantastic set of norks and her bottom is covered in scales.
CANDYLAND NAUGHTY CIRCUS CABARET
A world with a little bit of sugar, spice, and all things nice… And maybe a touch of sour to tickle your taste buds! This is a naughty circus cabaret that will satisfy every taste and leave you yearning for… the lolly jar. The show features talented circus performers, aerialists, trapeze artists, hoola hoopers, pole dancers and contortionists. It’s going to be one hell of a party!