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UNMISSABLE: The Newcastle Fringe Festival shows you don’t want to miss

The city is set for a whirlwind of creativity, entertainment, and cultural delights when the Newcastle Fringe Festival gets underway later this month.

From comedy to cabaret, music to magic, and everything in between, this year’s festival boasts an eclectic array of performances that are bound to leave you spellbound. With venues across Newcastle transforming into hubs of artistic expression, the city is set to come alive with the vibrancy and energy of the Fringe Festival, showcasing the best of local, national, and international talent.

This year’s Newcastle Fringe Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a diverse program that caters to every taste and preference. So we thought we’d put together a handy guide to shows you don’t want to miss.


Prepare to embark on an otherworldly journey like never before with “Galactivation”! This mind-bending performance promises to transport you to the far reaches of the universe through mesmerizing dance moves inspired by the cosmos. Dazzling with vibrant colors and special effects, the stage transforms into a UV wonderland, immersing audiences in a visual spectacle beyond imagination. Join us as we defy the boundaries of space and time, offering innovative and interactive experiences that are truly out of this world. Don’t miss this chance to make contact with a piece of creative inspiration that promises to leave you breathless and longing for more.

The Flapper Dapper Show

Step back in time to the fabulous 1920s with “The Flapper Dapper Show,” featuring the sensational DecaVita Sisters from Sweden! Join Charlie and Rebecka for a night of dazzling dance moves, including the Charleston and Lindy Hop, guaranteed to get your toes tapping. But the excitement doesn’t stop there! Prepare to be amazed by their mind-blowing magic tricks and enchanted by jazzy melodies that will leave you singing along. With a mix of laughter, dance, magic, and sisterly joy, this show promises a heartwarming experience for the whole family, captivating audiences young and old alike. So put on your best attire and join the party for an evening you won’t soon forget!

They Came From Uranus

Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience as “They Came From Uranus” lands on the burlesque stage! This adults-only drag and puppet extravaganza promises to shock, horrify, and perhaps even arouse audiences with its cast of extraordinary extraterrestrial characters. Developed over two years, this solo show by master puppeteer Murray Raine features a mesmerizing array of “humanette” puppets, bringing to life a menagerie of deviant aliens like you’ve never seen before. Prepare to be Love Bombed by these outrageous creatures in a show that’s unlike anything else out there!

Tales of Colour

Embark on a comedic journey that transcends borders and defies stereotypes with “Tales of Colour,” a live comedy show that celebrates the beauty of not fitting in. From the unlikely escapades of bogans attempting to cross the Iraq border to the unexpected connections between stories from Zimbabwe, Morocco, and even Woy Woy, this sold-out sensation from the Sydney Fringe in 2023 promises to challenge perceptions and tickle funny bones. Join in on the laughter and discover the joy in embracing uniqueness at “Tales of Colour.”

Micky Bartlett

Get ready to laugh until your sides ache as Northern Ireland’s comedy sensation, Micky Bartlett, takes the stage for his Newcastle debut! With a repertoire of sold-out shows across Australia, America, and Europe, Bartlett brings a unique blend of razor-sharp wit and side-splitting anecdotes that leave audiences in stitches. From hilarious jokes to embarrassing over-shares, Bartlett’s performance promises an evening of uproarious laughter that’s not to be missed.

Future Science Talks Comedy Edition

Get ready for a night of laughs and learning as Future Science Talks: Comedy Edition makes its debut in Newcastle! After sold-out shows across Australia, this unique event brings together 15 scientists from Newcastle who have teamed up with comedians to inject humor into scientific discussions. From psychedelic therapies to manufactured meat, neuroscience to climate change, and everything in between, each talk covers a fascinating and diverse range of topics. Join Newcastle’s best and brightest emerging science professionals for an evening of laughter and enlightenment, where no two talks are alike!

Whore’s Eye View by Kaytlin Bailey NYC

Prepare to be taken on a whirlwind journey through history like never before with “Whore’s Eye View,” a captivating 75-minute exploration of 10,000 years of history from the perspective of a sex worker. Led by Kaytlin Bailey, a renowned sex worker rights advocate, comedian, and writer, this unique show combines comedic storytelling, historical insights, and lived experiences to shed light on the age-old stigma surrounding sex work and its impact on women’s lives. Through the lens of Bailey’s extensive research and engaging narrative style, audiences will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by sex workers throughout history. Don’t miss this thought-provoking and enlightening performance that promises to challenge perspectives and spark important conversations.


Prepare to be immersed in the dark and electrifying world of RUFFIANS as they unleash their latest EP, “Spooky Kinda Night,” upon Newcastle. Emerging from the shadows of the city in 2017, RUFFIANS quickly made their mark with their debut single “Salt,” infiltrating the airwaves of Triple J and leaving audiences spellbound with their haunting melodies and raw energy. Since then, they’ve defied expectations and terrorized stages across the country, sharing the spotlight with heavyweights like Papa Roach and captivating crowds at The Drop festival. Now, after retreating to their dark lair to craft their latest diabolical creation, RUFFIANS are back to haunt audiences once again with their spine-chilling sounds and mesmerizing performances. Don’t miss the chance to experience the eerie allure of RUFFIANS as they bring their “Spooky Kinda Night” to life in Newcastle.

Carmen The Cabaret

Get ready to experience a fresh and fabulously funny take on the timeless classic, Carmen, as award-winning cabaret duo Eliane Morel and Daryl Wallis, along with Director Ghillian Sullivan, bring this iconic opera to life in a whole new way. Packed with hit tunes and a hilariously reimagined storyline, this unmissable show will have you laughing, crying, and singing along from start to finish. Following sell-out performances in Sydney, Canberra, and Adelaide Fringe 2023, Carmen’s captivating tale is brought to the stage like never before, promising an evening of entertainment that’s as audacious as it is unforgettable.

14TH – 24TH MARCH 2024

Hit the link below to see the full Newcastle Fringe Festival Program