Science shows to see at this year’s Fringe Festival
Perth is home to the third-largest Fringe Festival in the world, but it’s not all about theatre and music and half-naked men flying through the air.
This year’s line-up includes a solid selection of science-related shows and activities. Here are some of our favourites …
Alchemy might not be a real science, but this show will be real entertaining.
Elixir tells the story of three enthusiastic and acrobatic scientists who are attempting to create the elixir of life.
This award-winning troupe of scantily clad scientists (OK, we lied, a lot of it is still about half-naked men) will give you life as they spin, flip and twirl through the glorious Spiegeltent at The Pleasure Garden.
DOME DATE NIGHT
Do Valentine’s differently with a flight through the Cosmos at Scitech’s Dome Date Night.
A nostalgic location for many West Aussies, the Scitech Planetarium once again plays host to this unique experience. Forget roses, chocolates and cheesy love notes—this year, take your Valentine’s Day date out of this world.
MY GREATEST PERIOD EVER
What does it mean to be, or love, a woman in the 21st century? How can women be inspired by their menstrual cycles? Lucy Peach reveals all in My Greatest Period Ever, a musical feel-good explosion that will leave any men in the audience wishing they had periods.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry—and no, it’s not PMS.
Canadian performer Jeff Newman markets himself as a mind-reader, magician and professional liar. In Mind Games, he combines science, suggestion and good old-fashioned trickery with humour and charm to create an astounding, engaging experience.
You may not be able to trust Jeff Newman, but you sure can trust The West Australian, which describes it as “a highly interactive brain-bending treat”.
NICK CAPPER QUANTUM BAD BOY
Ever considered adult education courses? Nick Capper (quantum bad boy) is turning his life around by exploring everything from anthropology to zoology, robotics to midwifery—while still looking super cool.
The event says no nerds allowed, but we reckon you’d enjoy this show all the same.
To be honest, we’re not quite sure what SURFER is about. But frankly an immersive theatre show that “fluently blends science with psychology and fantasy” set in a wild Dutch mini-festival sounds like a wave we could ride.
KEVIN QUANTUM: AND FOR MY NEXT TRICK
Kevin Quantum considers himself an expert in both physics and magic, having spent 10,000 hours on each over his lifetime. In his next trick, he will “take your breath away, and then make it appear in someone else’s pocket”. Clearly this guy needs to spend a few more hours studying the human respiratory system.
NIKOLA AND I
How many theatre performances can make you both laugh and also question why science?
A tale of a time-travelling Nikola debates the intertwining roles of science, spirituality and love—or are they the same thing?
Petting zoos full of fluffy baby animals are OK I guess, but when was the last time you got to rub shoulders with a wriggly reptile? Snuggle a snake? Lay down with a lizard? Well now you (and your family) can and at several locations across Perth.
FART LAB 2: THE LINGERING
Q: What’s the difference between a museum and Professor Frank Hampster?
A: One has artefacts, the other does farty acts.
Bring your family along to Fart Lab 2: The Lingering for an extensive display of farty acts as well as more terrible gaseous puns.
After all, the family that stinks together sticks together.
A FABULOUS TELEPORTATION EXPERIMENT
Part magic, part science, all fun! This show for the family incorporates storytelling, illusions, moments of magic, educational science, modern clowning, physical comedy and audience interaction to teleport you out of your mind with wonder.