Circus Highlights from Fringe World 2020

Last Updated: 28 Jan 2020
Susannah Wong

WA’s Fringe World is the third largest Fringe festival in the world, bringing over 700 shows to hubs across the city each year, including a range of awe-inspiring circus shows that will leave you gripping the edge of your seat. 

With such a packed festival program, one of the challenges Fringe-goers face each year is the challenge of deciding which shows to see. We've done a bit of the groundwork to scout out six circus acts from this year's Fringe World program that will keep anyone entertained, from parents looking to keep the kids busy to thrill-seekers after a great night out!

1. Fuego Carnal

Performing to sold-out shows at festivals in Perth and all over the world, the performers of Fuego Carnal are true Fringe veterans. Their incredible list of awards are a true testament to the show’s WOW-factor. Featuring nothing but high-risk tricks and stunts, attendees are guaranteed to feel the heat as skilled performers play with fire, swords, knives and arrows all in the name of entertainment.

When: Jan 21 - 25 & 28 - 31, Feb 1 - 2, 4 - 9 & 11 - 16 Where: Empyrean at Yagan Square Cost: $26 to $65 Get tickets HERE

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2. Primo Loco

Named after the Spanish phrase for “Crazy Cousin”, Primo Loco takes the dangerous, fire-heavy stylings of duo show Fuego Carnal and amps it up to eleven. Head down to the tent to witness a risqué late-night spin on the classic circus formula. Ideal for Fringe punters who don’t like to play it safe, the show hits heavy on both comedy and jaw-dropping circus feats, dishing out scandal in outrageous proportions.

When: Jan 21 - 25 & 28 - 31, Feb 1 - 2, 4 - 9 & 11 - 16 Where: Empyrean at Yagan Square Cost: $49 Get tickets HERE

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3. Cirque Africa

One of the truly unique shows presented by Fringe World, Cirque Africa is an unapologetic showcase of African culture through the unconventional medium of circus art, with acrobats, dancers, contortionists and musicians all participating in spectacle. After winning a grand handful of awards at previous Fringe appearances, Cirque Africa’s visit to Perth Fringe promises to be a highlight of the festival.

When: Jan 23 - 27 & 29 - 31, Feb 1 - 2 & 5 - 9 Where: The Regal Theatre, The Theatre at Redmond Theatre Cost: $46 Get tickets HERE

4. Imaginaerial

A bizarre mash-up of contemporary circus and a wellbeing manual, Imaginaerial is one of, if not the most creative genre mash-up featured in this year’s Fringe line-up. The show uses the unusual medium of aerial acrobatics to stage a refreshing take on the way our minds work in a stress-inducing society, confronting a difficult topic with the raw emotion and joy of aerial acrobatics. Imaginaerial is brought to life by a dedicated team of locals, making this Fringe World performance a world premiere not to be missed!

When: 30 Jan - Feb 1, Feb 7 - 8 & 13- 15 Where: Atrium at Old Customs House Cost: $25 Get tickets HERE

5. Melon the Human attempts to top his last show which got him into the largest circus in the world

Hot off acclaimed performances in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and touring in Cirque du Soleil, Brisbane-based street performer Thomas Stewart channeled his talent for object manipulation, leaving behind his job as a secondary teacher in order to pursue this passion project. Stewart performs as Melon the Human, in a show high on skill and low on budget, as he valiantly tries to capture the magic of the largest circus in the world with none of their money, costumes, music, or grandeur.

When: Jan 20 - 27 Where: Shambles at The Woodside Pleasure Garden Cost: $23 Get tickets HERE

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6. Milko’s Flea Circus

Don’t have the time or patience for long performances? Milko’s Flea Circus keeps it short and sweet. Billed as the smallest circus in the world, shows take place in a booth only a few metres wide. Formerly the director of the largest circus in the Netherlands, show director Milko Renz now brings his micro-circus around the world. The Flea Circus is a great school holidays distraction for the whole family to enjoy and performances conveniently take place almost every day Fringe is in town.

When: Jan 20, 22 - 31, Feb 1 - 2, 4 - 10 & 12 - 16 Where: Milko’s Flea Circus at The Woodside Pleasure Garden Cost: Pay artist at the venue More HERE

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