Friday 5 – Sunday 14 July 2019

Ready to reflect, play and create this July? The Darwin Fringe invites you out into the community to see new shows and old favourites. The Opening Night Party will rock your socks, with a lineup of local talents to take you into the wee hours of the morning.

The following nine days will be a whirlwind of fresh ideas, cheeky classics and creatives exploring their potential. The 2019 Fringe celebrates the Territory’s unique and strong characters, with a program that will provoke, challenge and comfort.

Coming to town for the first time is a lineup of shows that have traversed the globe to find themselves amongst the tropical Brown’s Mart hub. Knowing how incredibly juicy the previous years have been, the Fringe has welcomed back artists with open arms, tempting them with the opportunity to test new ideas and push the boundaries.

With more than 100 shows across the 10 days, it’s hard to know where to start. If you like to laugh, be sure to head down to the Coopers Comedy Garden for all the funny folk.

Keen to see a bit of everything? Here’s a few shows not to miss, and some workshops to get your creative juices flowing.

Madame Nightshade’s Poison Garden
Thu 9 – Sat 13 | 9.15-10.15pm | Brown’s Mart Theatre | $35 | $25
In the dystopic world of the Poison Garden, Beatrice (a devilish shape-shifter), lurks in the shadow of her alter-ego Madame Nightshade (a princess-like warrior) as she serves up the messy truths of our ailing planet. Marie Antoinette meets Quentin Tarantino in an anarchic playground where vegetables are transformed into weapons, Snow White becomes a spring-onion wielding samurai and Mars Bars represent the ‘shit’ of the world.

Tropical Strength
Thu 11- Sat 13 | 5:45-6.45pm | Brown’s Mart Theatre | $15 | $10
Created and presented by Corrugated Iron’s 18<30 Ensemble for 2019 Darwin Fringe, 18<30 have created a new work that reflects the players diversity. This means the resulting presentation has a variety of shapes and sizes in terms of content – short scenes, skits, movement pieces, monologues – all interwoven with a narrative themed around the title Tropical Strength.

Lemon Skins
Tue 9 – Wed 10 | 5.45-6.45pm | Brown’s Mart Theatre | $10 | $5

“When you don’t know where you fit in. With the skin that you’re in, the skin that people see you in, or the skin you want to be in? Lemon Skins explores what it’s like to be Asian in a poetic world.”

El Ibo is an emerging writer. Lemon Skins is a powerfully haunting and poetic work developed through the Fresh Ink program initiative by Brown’s Mart and Australian Theatre for Young People.

Sorry Darling, So Sorry


‘Sorry Darling, So Sorry‘ is a brutal but tenderhearted Darwin story turned into a short play. This is a work dedicated to all of the stolen and trashed cars that live in the Territory and to their aggrieved owners.

You are invited to come to the home of emerging and experimental theatre in the Top End, Happy Yess, to watch an intimate staged reading of this debut play.

Booty and the Beats workshop and show

Workshop Mon 8 | 7.30-9.30pm | Tracks Dance Studio | $30
Fringe Club Sat 13 | 10.30pm | Happy Yess | $10 | Artists Free
Learn the booty-shaking moves at a workshops with grooves from Jamaican Dancehall, Congolese Soukous to Afrobeat, house, 90’s hip hop jams and even Beyonce pop hits. Once you’ve learnt the skills, hit the dance floor for Fringe Club’s epic Booty and the Beats night.

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