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FRINGEWORLD 2023 | Best Shows For Kids | Giveaways included!

Article | Laura Money

Navigating FRINGEWORLD can be hard at the best of times, but trying to organise shows for the whole family? Forget it! The Fourth Wall understands so we’ve put together a list of our favourite children’s shows for FRINGEWORLD 2023. Pay attention and you could even win some tickets!

Alex and Evie and the Forever Falling Rain | State Theatre Centre WA | Until 28th January 2023

In a world where it’s always raining, Alex and Evie form a strong bond and eventually go on a quest to stop the forever falling rain. It’s a charming and beautiful tale that will tug on the heartstrings. Alex and Evie and the Forever Falling Rain is a delightful story with all the epic elements – a talking cat, a quest with tasks and challenges on the way, and a charming fable-like premise that encourages listening to one another and developing friendships.

Check out our review from 2022 HERE and get your tickets HERE.

An Utterly Rubbish Adventure | State Theatre Centre WA | Until 28th January 2023

Join Mr Jim as he falls into the bin and has many awesome adventures on his way out. Playing all the characters, singing, and creating puppets from everyday items, James Hancox presents an instant classic. An Utterly Rubbish Adventure is an utterly brilliant show. It uses everyday items as puppets and play, creating a positive solution for the rubbish crisis. The gentle message of reusing and recycling manifests in a groovy song by the Inventor and the touching ending will make you want to do your trash better.

Check out our review HERE and get your tickets HERE.

Mr Snotbottom Comedian For Kids | The Hat Trick – Pleasure Garden | Until 29th January 2023

This hilarious kid’s comedian has perfected the art of children’s comedy – from stinky behaviour to silly jokes and lots of prat falls, Mr Snotbottom will have all the kids laughing. Kid go absolutely bonkers for the quirky and funny Mr Snotbottom – we’re giving away a family pass to see him on Sunday 29th January so comment below what your ultimate Fringe binge with kids looks like and go into the draw.

Check out our interview with Mr Snotbottom HERE and get your tickets HERE.

Strictly Barking | The Pocket – Pleasure Garden | Until 29th January 2023

This hilarious two-hander features crowd favourites Jon & Ollie as they tell the story of a lonely old man who befriends a homeless dog and they enter a ballroom dancing competition. There are hilarious characters, funny costumes, and amazing physical comedy. The kids get really involved, throwing fruit and balls all over the audience and literally calling out pantomime style. Their antics are 100% worth every penny spent on this delightfully funny show.

Check out our interview with Jon & Ollie HERE and get your tickets HERE.

The Listies – Make Some Noise! | State Theatre Centre WA | Until 29th January 2023

The Listies are a comedy duo who focus on music. They will get all the kids – and quite a few adults – up on their feet, dancing and singing along. It’s a classic comedy duo of straight man and silly man doing what they do best – making noise! Every song is hilarious, every dance move on point, and every audience interaction lands. These guys are great with a crowd – they know children well enough to contain their energy while also whipping them up into a frenzy – now that’s talent.

Check out our review HERE and get your tickets HERE.

Charlie Caper – Magical | The Gold Digger – Pleasure Garden | Until 5th February 2023

This absolutely charming magic show is the kind of gentle entertainment that is perfect for all ages. Caper is a gentleman and magician and every trick is subtle, not showy. There will be smiles of delight all around as Charlie shows off his greatest hits from 20 years of performing. We loved the show so much last time, we’re still trying to figure out how he did it!

Check out our interview with Charlie HERE and review of previous show HERE. Get your tickets HERE.

KABOOM! | The Hat Trick – Pleasure Garden | Until 12th February 2023

Hilariously neurodivergent self-confessed experimenter Magnus Danger Magnus is back in Perth making things explode! The show is literally him performing fun chemistry experiments and setting things, including himself on fire. There’s something for everyone – for the curious there’s his mantra: try it! For the showy there’s Magnus’s amazing stage presence and the science fist. For the cat lover there’s a cute surprise, and for the pyromaniacs…well there’s actually quite a bit for them!

Get your tickets HERE.

PreHysterical | The Aurora Spiegeltent – Pleasure Garden | Until 12th February 2023

A stone-age twist on your classic circus, these acrobats will have you shouting yabba-dabba-do! Headfirst Acrobats are known for their quirky themes and this is no exception. From outrunning predators, to finding food and grappling with stone-age technology this group of acrobats will dazzle through the ages.

Check out our interview with them HERE and get your tickets HERE.

VIKINGS! | The Gold Digger – Pleasure Garden | Until 19th February 2023

Go on the ultimate adventure with two VIKINGS! as they embark on a quest to find Thor’s hammer. VIKINGS! is the ultimate in children’s entertainment. It’s funny, charming, quirky, and shows off the talents of Norton and Bayliss perfectly. And the ending will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

We’re giving away a DOUBLE PASS to see the show so just comment below how you would lift Thor’s hammer to go into the draw.

Check out our interview with them HERE, our past review HERE and get your tickets HERE

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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FRINGEWORLD 2023 | Strictly Barking | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Get ready to laugh your heads off because Strictly Barking is exactly that! Jon and Ollie take you on a whacky adventure where a lonely old man befriends a stray do and they enter a ballroom dancing competition. Jon is absolutely gorgeous as the old man, Hogarth. He delights in the little things and keeps his wife close by in a photo frame. These touching moments make his ultimate bond with the dog – hilariously named after his favourite fruit – all the more tender.

Ollie is beyond convincing as a dog – from his dopey expression to the pure energy that never leaves him, he bounces about as a loveable canine. These two do crowd work impeccably – throwing things at kids, spraying them with water, and running around with a madcap energy that matches the shrieks of delight from the kids. Jon’s hilarious turn as the cat Stephen will have you hissing with laughter and Ollie’s milking of his harmonica gag would give every dairy farmer a run for their money!

Strictly Barking is children’s entertainment at its finest. The ridiculous premise is plausible because they are stunning performers. Part clowning, part theatre – all silly, Strictly Barking has all the right moves.

You can catch all the madness of Strictly Barking at The Pleasure Garden until 29th January 2023. TICKETS

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to this FRINGEWORD 2023.

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | The Whale’s Tale | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Did you know there’s a whale in the Museum? No, not the bony one! Another whale washed up and sick. The Whale’s Tale sees our intrepid Navigator investigate why the whale is sick and how we can help. Enlisting the help of Dr Walrus – a flatulent but kind Dr – the pair try everything to make the whale well again.

Through puppetry, whimsical costumes, and hilarious interactions with the audience the crew from Born In A Taxi Collective really get you thinking. The Navigator is hilarious and her voice quirky and tailored to an audience full of kids. Dr Walrus has everyone in stitches with his antis and the Shark makes a hilarious 180 degree turn, delighting the crowd.

The Whale’s Tale is a thought-provoking show that enlists the youth of today in the fight against plastic – enthusiastically rallying everyone to do better.

The Whale’s Tale is on at Boola Bardip WA Museum until 1st October 2022. TICKETS

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.

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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | Hutan | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

We are all here in the forest. Hutan is a felt and puppet recreation of a Singaporean forest, complete with animals, rain, and leafy canopies. Children are encouraged to explore through gentle play and a series of dances and music that capture the senses and prove that the forest is a beautiful and fascinating place.

This show is the definition of inclusive – each child (and some adults!) are given a name label and welcomed by name into the forest with a welcome song. The music is gentle but reflective of different elements of the forest – getting louder and more rhythmic with the rain and the gibbons, and softer with sunrise. There are puppets to discover and interact with, each animal bringing a different energy to the forest scape.

As Hutan draws to a close, everyone feels a sense of wholeness and wellbeing that nature can gift. It’s a gentle exploration of a unique place that will remain in your heart.

Hutan – A Sensory Forest Adventure is on at Boola Bardip, WA Museum until 1st October 2022. TICKETS

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.

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AWESOME FESTIVAL 2022 | We Live Here | 4 Stars

Review | Laura Money

We Live Here is a stripped back and beautiful homage to the people of Hummingbird House – a youth hospice that provides a comforting and warm home for families undergoing medical treatment. Presented by Flipside Circus and Circus WA, the show is a gorgeous representation of courage and love.

Featuring voiceovers and a thrumming soundtrack, We Live Here sees the physicality of Hummingbird House. From joyful play to the breakdown of time in a day, each sequence reflects the memoirs of its inhabitants – past and present. There is a stunning sequence where a mother outlines her day, physically holding up every other member to f the troupe with grace and strength. There’s laughter and pure goofiness in a touching date sequence and synchronised swimming.

Each vignette has a depth to it, the acrobatics are impressive but so is the story being told. We Live Here is a must-see this Awesome Festival.

We Live Here is on at STCWA until Friday 30th September 2022

The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

Keep up with The Fourth Wall on Facebook and @fourth_wall_media on Instagram to see what we’re up to in 2022.