Arts & Culture

Ace’s Cabaret & King’s Lair at His Maj come up trumps for Fringe World

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The name His Majesty's Theatre conjures up images of refined, upper class entertainment – opera, ballet and the highbrow theatre classics.

But this grand old dame of Perth culture has a dark side hidden deep down below, and for the Perth Fringe World Festival 2018, audiences will have the chance to plumb the hidden depths of this iconic venue.

Just before the Launch Party, an enthusiastic group was offered a backstage trip via the performer's backstage corridors, leading us down into the newly completed King's Lair, a cosy and intimate cabaret bar.

Once the introductions were out of the way, we were treated to the Swedish magical duo, Charlie Caper and Malin Nilsson, who performed the very first act ever in Perth's oldest but newest cabaret venue, a dazzling (and useful!) trick with glasses and bottles of alcohol.

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It's Going to be Hot at Club Swizzle!

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It’s going to be hot at Fringe World Perth, as the heat notches up even further with the opening night of Club Swizzle just round the corner.

Brought to Perth as part of the Fringe Festival, fans of the sell out show La Soiree will be in for a treat as the brand new show is seen by audiences here for the very first time.

 

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Summerset Arts Festival

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The City of Stirling’s Summerset Arts Festival will kick off tonight and will provide entertainment for the whole family from 24 January through to 11 February.

Some event highlights over the festival period include:

The Seaside Spectacular event will be on tonight from 630pm, with roving entertainment, free competitions by Nova 93.7, followed by spectacular aerial performances accompanied by international jazz harpist Michelle Smith at the Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre.

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Get Ready Perth for Fringe World Festival!

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Renowned for being the 3rd largest festival in the world of its kind, the Fringe World Festival 2018 will kick off in Perth with fireworks of its own over the 26th January Australia Day long weekend.

In the upcoming month, audiences will be entertained by an action packed program of comedy, theatre, circus, comedy, cabaret, dance and musical acts. There is something for every taste – with individual shows rated from mild “family friendly” to very hot on the saucy sizzle scale.

Some highlights over the season include:

The Buskers Weekend – street buskers will take to the Murray St and Hay St malls in the Perth CBD over the weekend 2nd to 4th February with over 100 performances.

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Cathartic at Downstairs at The Maj

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Head down the staircase to the right of His Majesty's Theatre main doors, and you'll enter Downstairs at the Maj, an intimate venue bringing the best of cabaret to Perth.

This time it was the turn of Catherine Alcorn, who along with her three-piece band was bringing her new show, Cathartic, to Perth audiences.

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Turner's Turn at Downstairs at The Maj

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Little beknownst to some of us in Perth, tucked away downstairs at His Majesty’s Theatre in the CBD is a cosy, cabaret style setting that makes for a perfect evening of entertainment.

On this particular Friday evening, we headed out on a balmy summer’s night to watch Turner’s Turn by Geraldine Turner at Downstairs at The Maj.

Geraldine Turner is a name that is synonymous with Australian musical theatre – her career spans over four decades, with stage performances in many musicals including Chicago, Wicked, Oliver, Guys and Dolls, and Into the Woods.

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Once We Lived Here at The Blue Room Theatre

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On the surface, Once We Lived Here is the quintessential Aussie story, the stoic farming family (the McPhersons) doing it tough on their drought stricken property. A previous family tragedy has led to the family falling apart, but now a fast approaching crisis has brought them back to the homestead for what might be their last reunion.

Set in the not too distant past, Once We Lived Here can be viewed as a microcosm of Australian life.

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