Our city’s vibrant cultural heritage will be celebrated next month when the Newcastle Fringe Festival kicks off.
Now in its fifth year, the festival has gone from strength to strength and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever with more than 27 eclectic acts and a whopping 75 performances over an exciting five days in March.
With a veritable smorgasbord of performers from Newcastle, Australia and the globe offering up an eclectic program of comedy, theatre, music, dance, children’s theatre, cabaret, and circus, there truly is something for everyone.
The Newcastle Fringe Festival will run from Wednesday 18 March to Sunday 22 march across five venues – The Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle Cathedral, The Great Northern Hotel, The Lock-Up, The Grand Hotel, and The WEA Creative Arts Space.
While the program is literally peppered with ‘must-see’ performances, a definite highlight is sure to be “sexy and subversive” Disenchanted: A Cabaret of Twisted Fairy Tales.
The riotous one-woman show from writer/performer Elaine Morel (and with musical accompaniment from David Wallis), this subversive take on traditional fairy tales will take you to a 17th Century Parisian salon, hosted by the Godmother of fairy tales, where you learn the truth and nothing but the twisted truth about why the wolf was in Grandma’s bed, the Marxist philosophy of the Goose that lays the golden eggs, what those pigs in the building industry were really up to and more!
Like your entertainment a little on the unpredictable side? well, the Newy Impro Factory will scratch that itch with The Improv Job.
Can this group of performers pull off the impossible with only your suggestions to guide them? These guys will make up scenes, characters, and stories using only audience suggestions. Can they do it? We don’t know.
Another highlight, for you political animals, will be Make America Great Again: The Musical.
This tongue-in-cheek tribute to the life and career of Donald Trump as told through show tunes from such musical theatre classics as Les Miserables, Wicked, Chicago, The Greatest Showman, and Hamilton.
The above is but a mere taste of what to expect at this year’s stacked festival so head here for more info and a complete program.
The 2020 Newcastle Fringe is on from Wednesday 18 March to Sunday 22 March.
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