Organisers of the 2022 Newcastle Fringe say that they have every intention of proceeding with their planned festival in March.
Over 130 performances are scheduled across 10 different venues during the eight festival days kicking off on 17 March.
The festival time of the year again when we put out the call for volunteers to help us run the festival.
Highlights of the festival programs 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, world-renowned basketball freestyler Man Can Fly, and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir.
The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir was formed in 1991 and has been the soundtrack for the LGBTQI community for over 25 years. They are an unauditioned choir that welcomes all members of the community and their live performances are always a highlight wherever they go.
There are also a number of cabaret, burlesque and circus-style acts, such as local artist and producer Hannah Indigo’s OMGWTF which took out last year’s Best Newcastle Show Fringe Award.
Serious theatre goers will enjoy Steve Wilson, winner of Best Premier Show last year with his new Don’t Touch Me – A Tale of Cats & Hugs.
Comedians will also take centre stage at this year’s Fringe with several award-nominated shows including Robyn Reynolds in Mermaid and Nothing Serious with Maddie Southall and Laura Coleman
Other comedy offerings include local Eddy Rockefeller who was a sell-out last year, the hilariously titled Teardrops on my Dildo with Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell and Tinder Cindy – a roller skating comedy of crisis.
The Fringe organisers also want to hear from people who would like to help by volunteering to help them run the festival.
In 2021 volunteers received a free ticket to a show of their choice for every 3-hour shift they worked and Fringe say there will be a similar arrangement will be in place this year.