Carnival comes to our city

Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

Live Lighter Busselton Fringe kicks off tonight, the week-long program boasting more than 20 shows ranging from burlesque and comedy to film, puppetry and even a pirate-themed murder mystery.

The ArtGeo Cultural precinct will transform into Fringe Central from 4.30pm today, hosting the fringe box office, outdoor games and a pop-up bar, joined from 11am tomorrow by live music acts, markets and free performances.

An ABBA dress-up competition will also be held for all entrants to Fringe Central and the winner will be announced at ABBAcadabra’s opening show at the Weld Theatre at 7.30pm today. Fringe favourites Brodi Snook and the Big Hoo-Ha! join international comedian Dave Callan, along with local performances Rock Legends, Talking Heads and Murder Me Hearties, to name a few.

The only show taking place outside Fringe Central, Murder Me Hearties, uses what is arguably the grandest, longest stage the region has to offer — the Busselton Jetty — to perform a murder-mystery the audience is expected to solve from the jetty train.

Writer Ian Toyne said the show, which opens on March 2, relied on spontaneous improvisation that kept each performance new and off the cuff, with a “carnival atmosphere” characteristic to Fringe festivals across the world.

Busselton City Mayor Grant Henley said the festival provided the opportunity for residents to see a variety of acts, many of which came hot from the Perth Fringe circuit.

“It’s been wonderful to witness the festival’s evolution over the years and I applaud all those involved in its delivery for their creativity and hard work,” he said.

The City received $10,000 from Healthway to support the festival and promote the LiveLighter health message in the arts festival.

Healthway chief executive Susan Hunt said the Busselton Fringe was a “great way to be active by socialising and enjoying the spectacular array of performances on offer”.

For the full program and ticket sales see busseltonfringe.com.au or visit the Fringe Central box office.

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