FBi’s Sydney Fringe Festival Guide!

September 3rd 2014

The Fringe

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Sydney Fringe Festival is back baby! The month of September is all about celebrating the cultural heart of Sydney, and discovering the hidden creative gems this great city has to offer.

Basically, you should really get amongst it while it’s ripe for the picking! But with hundreds of productions and events to choose from in over 60 venues – what do you see?! Never fear, we’ve compiled a go-to guide of our Top Picks – from cabaret to comedy, there’s something for everyone (and every budget!)





Genre: Visual Art

Installations within a Forest Lodge terrace by fourteen artists and architects explore future living possibilities, issues and interpretations of climate change… the residents and their dog will still be living in the house.

WHAT :: Bunkered
WHEN :: 6th, 11-13th, 18th-20th, 25-27th September
WHERE :: BRANCH3D, 26 Ross St Forest Lodge
HOW MUCH :: Free


Free The Beats

Genre: Music

Free The Beats is a physical platform to promote community engagement and collaboration. The nights works to bring people together and encourage local producers to develop their live performance skills.  Expect to see some challenging and varied music, soul vocals, live drummers, analogue synths, laptops and gadgets galore.

WHAT :: Free The Beats
WHEN :: Thursday 11 September
WHERE :: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH :: Free


Super 8 Dreams

Genre: Visual Art

A collection of films by Sydney Filmmaker Tony Lawrence. Made from found 8mm home movies and stock footage from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Often damage and decay on the film is utilised as part of a surreal narrative. With haunting original soundtracks using antique synthesisers and piano.

WHAT :: Super 8 Dreams
WHEN :: 23rd – 28th September
WHERE :: 5 Eliza – The Tent, 5 Eliza St Newtown Kustomers
HOW MUCH :: Free


Faversham St Laneway

Faversham St will be closed off for the closing weekend of the festival. A night filled with bowling, street golf, fire dances and live music. Relax at the Bowlo and check out some performances at the Red Rattler.

WHAT :: Faversham St Laneway
WHEN :: 27 – 28th September
WHERE :: Faversham Street, Sydenham
HOW MUCH :: Free




The Sheds

Genre: Theatre

If you thought coming out of the closet was hard, try coming out in the locker room. What happens when an AFL star player reveals he’s gay? Fresh from playing sold out shows at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, The Sheds is a fly-on-the-wall adventure into an AFL locker room where nothing is hidden. Warning: strong language and nudity.

WHAT :: The Sheds
WHEN :: 17th – 21st September
WHERE :: New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH :: $25/$30

Harry and Liv

Harry and Liv

Genre: Musical Theatre and Caberet

Winners of Short + Sweet Cabaret Sydney 2014:
Best Newcomers
Best Achievement in Cabaret (Judges’ Choice)

Harry and Liv are brother and sister living in a small inner west apartment. Both avid musicians, they can’t afford groceries because they spent all their savings on a grand piano, which takes up most of the living space. Harry also seems to think it needs tuning every week. Performed by real life siblings, Evan and Charlotte Kerr, this dry slice-of-life comedy is filled with heart, energy, and plenty of silliness.

WHAT :: Harry and Liv
WHEN :: 3rd – 6th September
WHERE :: Glebe Justice Centre, 37-47 St Johns Rd, Glebe
HOW MUCH :: $22.20/$25.20



Genre: Music

Free music quartet Forenzics take you on a dark, noir-ish journey of sound and vision, their sonic instincts and improvisation styles transforming post-rock, noise, jazz and electronic influences into an absolutely unique and engaging live experience. All enhanced by RedCell Disorder’s intense yet atmospheric large scale live projections.

WHAT :: Forenzics
WHEN :: 4th September
WHERE :: Glebe Justice Centre, 37-47 St Johns Rd, Glebe
HOW MUCH :: $12.20/$22.20



Genre: Physical Theatre and Circus

How do you remember the one you love (or used to love)? Do you think of their smile? Do you think of the way they made you feel? Are you at your happiest with them?

HIM is a butoh/live art production that reflects on nostalgia for a previous relationship. The piece recreates him: how you loved him, how you hated him and how you remember him — moles, scars, freckles and all. Combining aesthetic influences of visual artist Matthew Barney with modern ‘splatter’ artwork, playing with immersion and interactivity and blurring the lines between personal and universal, HIM arouses the wildest feelings of joy, lust and fear to the one that you love (or used to love) by dancing the memories of each mark on their skin

WHEN :: 24th – 27th September
WHERE :: PACT, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville
HOW MUCH :: $17.20



The Bear Pack

Genre: Comedy

In the style of ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’, this improvised soap opera is set in the grounds of a prestigious university, where everything is not what it seems. Featuring Sydney’s best improvisers, this is a show that you won’t want to miss!

WHAT :: The Bear Pack
WHEN :: 24th September
WHERE :: Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland St Redfern
HOW MUCH :: $17.20/22.20


Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads

Genre: Film

Arguably the greatest concert film ever made marks its 30th Anniversary in this beautifully restored version. Capturing the big-suited David Byrne, Talking Heads & an all-star line-up at their height, classics like Psycho Killer morph into percussive monster meltdowns. Screening + special live guests presented by Eastside 89.7, Groovescooter & Golden Age Cinema.

WHAT :: Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads
WHEN :: 26 – 27th September
WHERE :: Golden Age Cinema and Bar
HOW MUCH :: $15/20



Check out the full programme here!



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