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Don’t miss these five Fringe shows in Freo

26 December 2021

Freo folk are in for a FRINGE WORLD feast! 30+ different shows are coming to 9 Fremantle venues during January and February 2023.

Whatever your thing – stand-up, performance art, children’s entertainment, theatre, cabaret, dance or music – you’ll find something in Freo. Check out the FRINGE WORLD shows around Freo and read on for our top picks.


3 – 5 FEB | Circus WA (Freo Big Top)

person wearing waistcoat balances trays of wine glasses in their mouth

Acrobatics! Juggling! A man with a beard! Come on down to Carnie Brewed – a circus cabaret crafted for your enjoyment on a lovely summer evening. Kick back and enjoy some slick local circus talent, including some incredible youth circus acts for your viewing pleasure.

This show is presented with the support from CircusWA and the City of Fremantle Arts Grants Scheme.


  • Clancy’s Fish Pub | Kick back with pre or post show fish tacos and something cold to quench your thirst. You'll be in craft beer heaven just a skip away from this show.


21, 22, 24, 25 JAN | DADAA

person wearing sparkly green dress and black veil stands on one leg on a vintage leather chair in a library

This hilarious, emotionally charged, cabaret has a relatable moment for all! A sweet insight into dating, fitness and the dreaded high school reunion is a great night out and free therapy too. Come on a wild ride deep into the twisted rabbit-hole of the human psyche.

Chameleon portrays a new point of view of mental illness through uplifting, inspirational stories of a woman’s journey to mental wellness. Chameleon packs a healthy dose of funny for the mind, body and soul.

It's a little bit saucy, has emotion and comedy and a swag of incredible songs to make you want to chair dance. This cabaret will leave you feeling just a little bit lighter about day to day life and how to always look on the bright side.


  • The Sunshine Harvester Works | From burgers, dumplings, pizza, gelato, Asian street food and a brewery and distillery, this food hall with a difference has something for everyone.


1, 2, 3, 5 FEB | Ronnie Nights

leonard cohen

Leonard Cohen's music has touched many hearts and minds. Immerse yourself in an evening of Leonard's tender side in the beautiful Fremantle - a wonderful place for summer kisses.

His depth of poetry can be abrasive and rough, but among his collection, there are many delicious and delightful gems of sweetness and tenderness.

Performed by Phoebe Deklerk who features in the Perth-based Leonard Cohen Tribute Band "Came so Far for Beauty" and fellow musicians.


  • Ronnie Nights | No need to leave – you can settle into this hip bar with epic cocktails and mouth watering share plates.
  • Calamity's Rod | Try 'experimental' beers hand made by in-house brewers at this unique shipping container bar. And there's snacks from Emily Taylor!
  • La Sosta | Excellent Italian abounds on Freo's Cappuccino Strip. This one's got the perfect balcony for people watching with a wine as you savour your Tagliolini Neri al Granchio.


24 JAN & 2, 9, 16 FEB | The National Hotel

fremantle's historic national hotel illuminated at night

The National Hotel Fringe Comedy Showcase is a selection of ‘comedy greats’ from across FRINGE WORLD Festival 2023 performing weekly at the historic National Hotel.

Line-ups will feature some of the funniest of WA's comedians in the heart of Fremantle.


  • The National Hotel | Experience relaxed dining in the ground floor al fresco or level one restaurant. Or level up your evening with a drink in the Rooftop Garden for 360-degree views of Fremante to Rottnest and over the port.
  • Strange Company | Offering fine wine, cocktails and tapas style eats, this sophisticated small bar in Fremantle's back streets is a local favourite for a reason.
  • Lions and Tigers | A vibrant and adventurous choice! If you like curries and margaritas, you'll love this gem in Freo's historic West End.


17 & 18 FEB | The Federal Hotel

three bearded blokes, with arms crossed, stand in a barber shop

They're Back!  After killing it at last year's FRINGE WORLD festival, fan favourites the Three Bearded Blokes return!

There'll be even more deprecating self-analysis, cutting societal observations, sparkling wit, Dad jokes and ear-worm-filled musical comedy that will have you singing about the Power of Love (in a Sandman Panel Van) for days afterwards.

Last year was their first show together, and Fringefeed gave them ★★★★...calling it "certain to make you laugh". With 2022 being another year of comedy gold, you can bet this show will be even better.

Three Bearded Blokes consists of Perth stand-up comedy regulars Phil Cook, Steve Hogden, and Steven Teune. This is their show, Three Bearded Blokes. They all have beards and they'll be telling some jokes.


  • The Federal Hotel | Heritage meets modern. Enjoy traditional Australian pub food, with taste inspirations from Asia. Choose to drink and dine in the bright, open spaces in this stunning heritage site.
  • FOMO | Not sure what you want? Browse this hawker-style food court just down the road. It's a one-stop destination for the senses.