The show will go on for Fringe World 2022, with more than 400 shows scheduled across 27 suburbs and 100 venues between January 14 and February 13. Like the 2021 festival, border closures have shaped this year’s program, limiting international and interstate acts but clearing the way for more local talent – 75 per cent of the acts are from Western Australia. From comedy and theatre to cabaret and street performances, there are a number of ticketed and free events to see over the next four weeks. Here are our top picks.

Fringe Freak Out
What better way to open and close Fringe than with a classic cabaret and drag show? Perth’s Flynn V has performed around Australia and collected his favourite outrageous acts along the way – and he’s bringing them back here for the show. There will be glitter, live DJs, drag, burlesque and circus performers. (Dressing up in a colourful outfit is encouraged.)

Fringe Freak Out is on Saturday January 15 and Saturday February 12 at The Rechabite.

Yaaas Kween
After sell-out shows in 2021, the cast of Yaaas Kween is returning to the stage for its “100 per cent Australian-made, cruelty-free, certified halal, female-first, sustainably managed, and ethically sourced” zeitgeisty comedy show. Presented by experienced comic Jaleesa Maher (who studied at famous improv school The Second City in Toronto), the bold, high-energy sketch show delves into the Australian experience outside “the mainstream” traversing “all things feminist, queer, black and brown”.

Yaaas Kween runs February 1 until February 13 at the Girls School.

Eulogy
Step inside a 40-foot shipping container for the Australian premiere of mind-bending sensory adventure, Eulogy, by UK immersive theatre company Darkfield (of popular shipping container productions Coma, Flight and Seance, which will all be running at Fringe World this year). Eulogy uses binaural (3D) sound and, unlike the other shows, speech recognition technology to immerse each audience member into a dreamlike, labyrinthine hotel imagined in complete darkness. You’ll be transported through rooms and down corridors, into a car park, a canteen and a lift. And you could have a totally different experience to your fellow show-goer.

Eulogy will run at The Pleasure Garden from January 14 until February 13.

Godz
It wouldn’t be Fringe without a circus act. Making its world debut, Godz is a comedy and acrobatic performance by the award-winning Head First Acrobats (of previously sold-out Fringe shows Elixir and Railed). The hilarious acrobatic performance revolves around the lives of the gods of Olympus. Expect bare chests, acts of strength and gravity-defying stunts.

Godz is on at the Girls School from January 14 until February 13.

Dirt
Written in response to the ongoing persecution of LGBTQIA+ people in Russia, this acclaimed thriller tells the story of an Australian who hooks up with a local while travelling in modern-day Moscow. Both characters (played by real-life partners Patrick Livesey and Wil King, who stars in ABC series Why Are You Like This?) are harbouring dark secrets, which emerge over the course of one night. The show scored four awards and five-star reviews for its run at the Adelaide Fringe last year. And $1 from every ticket sold at its West Australian premiere will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network and the Moscow Community Center for LGBT+ Initiatives.

Dirt is on at the Girls School from January 26 to February 5.

The Outsiders
This immersive theatre performance follows three “outsiders” as they try to find their place in the world while exploring their often-complex identities, heritage and love for the arts. The story – written and produced by Perth African diaspora creatives Mohammed “Ayo Busari”, Kuda Ndlovu and Lisa Watson – is told through live music, dance and monologue.

The Outsiders runs from January 14 to January 16 at the Rehearsal Room 1 at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

Sunday Singles
You don’t have to be single to enjoy this show. The previously sold-out comedy show from 2021 returns for another year of blind dates, funny date stories, worst pickup lines and more. Jump on the stage and get involved in the act or sit back and have a laugh. You never know, you may walk away with a date.

Sunday Singles is on at the Comedy Lounge Perth City every Sunday from January 16 until February 13.

Fringe World runs from January 14 to February 13 at venues around Perth. Tickets are available online. Some venues will require proof of vaccination. See the list here.