Party Time: Free extravaganza to open Stirling Fringe

February 07th, 2019
Party Time: Free extravaganza to open Stirling Fringe
Adelaide Hills residents will be thrown into a world of colour and celebration as the Stirling Fringe bursts to life again on February 22 with a free extravaganza on the Stirling Lawns.

Opening it’s gates at 5pm, the Stirling Fringe Festival will officially kick off with a welcome to country ceremony, followed by widespread entertainment and show-stopping performances.

“The Stirling community has been so welcoming with this festival, that I thought, lets smash it on the opening night have have a big party to welcome in the 10 day event,” Festival Director Louise Clarke said.

Playing right into the night, audiences will be captivated by circus shows, musical performances, and a spectacular fire show.

“We have some amazing international acts flying in for the event, including brilliant Irish dancers and DJ’s, Lords of Struts and the Fringe Wives Club,” Louise said.

Tessa Waters is one third of the Fringe Wives Club.

It combines their feminst activism with cabaret and comedy which people at the opening night will get a preview of.

“When we were approached to be a part of the Stirling Fringe it was a no brainer,” Tessa said.

“We've just had a huge year on tour, taking the show from the Melbourne Comedy Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe where we won the Pick of the Fringe Award, following that up with more shows in London and a few shows in New York as well.

“There's three in the show but my role is more as the physical comedy queen and I play the banjo and produce the show.

The girls met whilst doing solo performances in previous Fringes and supported each other dubbing themselves the Fringe Wives Club.

The show is back by popular demand this year and Tessa said it's a slicker, tighter, and glitter-ier version.

“The Adelaide Fringe is really the launching ground for a lot of new shows so this is the best this show has ever been right now,” Tessa said.

Another of the anticipated performances is a spectacular fire display by the UK’s FlameOz, with the group available to perform a glow show depending on fire restrictions in the Hills.

Local businesses have also become involved throughout the event, with The Stirling Hotel offering show packages with meals.

Local produce and drinks will be available on opening night, with a happy hour happening from 5pm-6pm.

“Bring your friends and family, grab a drink, relax, and have a great time!” Louise said.

This year’s Stirling Fringe, produced by Bamboozled Productions, will feature a number of award winning artists including Cal Wilson, Fringe Wives Club, and the UK’s Alfie Ordinary.

Compared to previous years, Louise was determined to have a 50/50 split in genders – which she has accomplished.

“There are always a majority of male performers in most festivals – but I really wanted to try to have an equal share this year.”

Each year, Louise tries to find a wide range of performances for each category to satisfy the local Hills community, which is never an easy task.

“I always try to look back at previous years to see what did and didn’t work,” Louise said.

“I really just want everyone to have a great time.”

The Stirling Fringe runs from February 22 to March 3.

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