Ten Picks for the Sydney Fringe Festival

September 5th 2017

Sydney’s Fringe Festival kicks off on September 1st, exhibiting everything ranging from art, to comedy, to theatre, to music, in Sydney’s inner-west. Now in its eighth year, the Fringe is bigger than ever, meaning more events to choose from. Highlighting independent artists and performers, audiences are expected to uncover Australia’s emerging artists. Here are just a few of FBi’s top picks for this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival.

Shane Matheson's Crumpet

Shane’s absurd comedy style crafts a show about a crumpet that makes no sense. Set in the not-too-distant future, the last crumpet in existence is about to be eaten, and five individuals are thrown together to save it at any cost. Well, for less than $200 because that’s the budget for the whole show.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: 27th Sept @ 8:15pm, 29th Sept @ 8:15pm, 1st Oct @ 7:15pm
WHERE: The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $10-15. More info here.

The Chronic Diaries

Tackling the visible and invisible impacts of chronic illness, emerging artist Tyler Grace self-portrait series is beautifully dark, taking the viewer inside the, often unbearable, world of the artist. Exploring themes of pain, isolation, anxiety and loss of identity this exhibition explores the physical and mental impact that chronic illness has. Tyler is not only telling his story but the stories of others with chronic illnesses, sending a message to say, ‘you are not alone’.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: September 5th – September 30th, 6pm-10pm
WHERE: Sydney Fringe Festival HPG Hub, Alexandria
HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Photo by Tyler Grace.


This multi-sensory thriller immerses audiences into the story. The latest production from MOGREL MOUTH, Undertaking allows audiences to move freely through the space and choose a thread of the story to explore. In the end it’s up to the audience: theatre you control. No need to sit down and be quiet for this production.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: September 5th – September 30th, 6pm-10pm
WHERE: Sydney Fringe Festival HPG Hub, Alexandria
HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Stencil Art Prize

Showcasing 67 artists from 25 countries, this internationally coveted Stencil Art Prize is the world’s largest stencil event. It encompasses all types of stencilling including screen printing, collage, silk printing and much more. Influenced by the transient street art, these works blend pop-culture and global politics to comment on a socially engaged and diasporic generation of artists.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: September 9th – September 17th
WHERE: Stirrup Gallery, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Notes from the Underclass

Through electro-acoustic soundscape and recordings, James Maher performs self-devised poetry based on personal, lived-in experiences of growing up. The soundscape, composed and performed by Victoria Pham and Sarah Monk, helps to dissect symbolic and acoustic spaces that hold significance for the artists. Notes from the Underclass explores themes of social discourses of class, inter-sectionalism and social mobility.

WHAT: Poetry
WHEN: September 9th, 5pm
WHERE: The Living Room, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.


In a relationship? Had a relationship? Want a relationship? Rebound is a comedy exploring the nuances of relationships, love, loss, fidelity and friendship. With a range of relatable characters Rebound is a play of the present, exploring modern challenges in all types of relationships.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: September 19th – September 23th
WHERE: Erskenville Town Hall, Erskenville
HOW MUCH: $12-15. More info here.

Insa at World Square

UK artist INSA, exhibits their interactive GIF-iti works, a concept that takes art pieces painted on street walls and converting them into GIFS. His works are derived from murals painted walls, photographed and then repainted or re-photographed to create a digital format. Visitors can download the GIFF-iti app and interact with the artworks when they hover their phones in front of them.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: September 1st – September 30th
WHERE: World Square Shopping Centre, Haymarket
HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.


An evening of the LGBTQIA community sharing stories dating back centuries, creating and rewriting their histories and challenging stereotypes. The Fringe Festival edition of award winning Queerstories aims to rewrite conventional ideas about narrative, love and community.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: 29th September, 7:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $22-27. More info here.


Audiences will experience first-hand immersive dance theatre with characters adorned in lights, eclectic space Barbies and combat robots, creating a futuristic world. The dancers loop in and out of the audience, encouraging them to be a part of the experience, creating a feel of surrealism, metaphors and hypnotic beauty.

WHAT: Dance
WHEN: 29th and 30th September, 7pm
WHERE: PACT Centre for Emerging Arts, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: $20-35. More info here.

Sydney Underground Film Festival

Marking it’s 11th year, Sydney’s Underground Film Festival is your one-stop for a cinematic feast. Featuring the best of indie, transgressive, provocative and cutting edge cinema from around the globe, this festival (within a festival) is devoted to renewing local interest into experiential and independent film culture and challenge an ingrained culture of cinematic complacency.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: 14th-17th September
WHERE: The Factory Theatre, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $25-70. More info here.


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