Melbourne Fringe Festival: top cuts

Stephen A Russell and Kathryn Kernohan sift through the program to find some of the best shows at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

Mainstream Freak

Former Machine Gun Fellatio singer Pinky Beecroft promises ‘‘true stories from Planet Beecroft’’ in his debut Fringe Festival show. At North Melbourne Town Hall, tickets from $18.

The Downlow

Funny ladies Anne Edmonds, Kate McLellen and Geraldine Hickey join forces to provide an alternative call of the Grand Final. At North Melbourne Town Hall, entry free.

Hang the DJ

Comedian Andrew McClelland and his mate Ian Bell share all from ‘‘the sober side of the dance floor.’’ Entry includes post-show dance party. At Trades Hall, Carlton, tickets from $18.

Urban Scrawl

Tour guide Zoe Rinkel will lead groups on a public art walking tour, hunting out some of the more interesting and noteworthy art decorating Melbourne’s famous laneways. Tickets are $15.

Sun Rising

Melbourne performers David Cosma and Damon Smith pay homage to musicians such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash in a tribute to record label Sun Records. At Northcote Social Club, tickets are $20.

The Red Bird and Death

If your favourite childhood stories walk on the wilder side, you’ll relish Roslyn Quin’s tales of monsters, crooks and devils set to music and puppetry. At The Bull and Bear Tavern, Flinders Lane, tickets from $15.

Singing 5 Ways to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother

Diana Nguyen relates her colourful adolescence in Oz via the medium of karaoke, proving awkward familial relations know no cultural boundaries. At Chaplin Karaoke, Little Bourke Street, tickets from $15.

A Guide to Unhappiness

Sunny Leunig, son of much-loved cartoonist Michael, brings his particular blend of magic and philosophy to North Melbourne’s Lithuanian Club. Tickets from $15

1 Man Debate

Comedian Simon Taylor, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’s only Australian contributor, is back on his home turf. At Rue Bebelons, Little Lonsdale Street, tickets from $20. 

1938: An Opera 

This show brings Aboriginal activist Marge Tucker, Italian Anarchists and Chinese Communists together to wham bam the White Australia Policy. At The Open Stage, The University of Melbourne, tickets from $15.

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