Melbourne Fringe is coming to Geelong with an ever-adventurous program you can’t miss

Melbourne Fringe is coming to Geelong with an ever-adventurous program you can’t miss

Blake Everett & Oliver Coleman: Dig Their Own Graves

Melbourne’s weirdest festival is bringing the best of the best to town for an epic Geelong Arts Centre takeover.

Each year Melbourne Fringe Festival descends upon Victoria’s capital city with an ambitious and ground-breaking program full of weird, wonderful, thought-provoking and boundary-pushing art.

Packed with theatre, dance parties, interactive art, cabaret and side-splitting comedy, this year the iconic arts festival was all about pushing boundaries and treating locals to a much-needed dose of creative flair.

For the first time ever, the good people of Geelong can get in on a piece of the colourful and wonderful action with a special Melbourne Fringe Takeover event at the Geelong Arts Centre.

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Going down in early December, after being rescheduled from October, the beloved local arts institution will host six performances of three fabulous Fringe shows packed with frivolous festivities and tremendous talent that will make you laugh, cry, applaud and cheer.

Running across two days, Wednesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 2, the Geelong Arts Centre are kicking off summer with some mind-blowing goodness thanks to the eclectically exceptional lineup of shows on offer.

Here’s what showing:


First, there’s the critically acclaimed ‘Kerosene’, which will be showing at 6pm on both days.

Dubbed by The Age as “the first must-see theatre of 2021”, ‘kerosene’ is set in the outskirts of metropolitan Melbourne and is a simple and unapologetic character study exploring the complex, ugly and dangerous symptoms of love, as seen through the eyes of lonely, outcast Millie.

Millie would do anything for her best friend Annie. No matter the consequence, no matter the cost. Times may be tough and Millie may not have much, but if Annie’s happy, she’s happy. And that’s all that matters right?

The show features a tour de force performance from Izabella Yena, embracing the power of simple, solo storytelling to create an intimate, absorbing and powerful theatrical experience.

No set and no props – just one woman telling a story about loving and fighting for her best friend in the only way she knows how.


‘That One Time I Joined The Illuminati’ also joins the takeover, running across both days from 7:30pm.

Driven by questions the ‘does Illuminati actually exist?’, ‘What’s their big secret?’ and ‘can a 24-year-old with social anxiety, insurmountable HECS debt and a penchant for using their birthdate as their PIN somehow infiltrate the global elite?’, multi-award-winning comedian Lou Wall takes you down a rabbit hole into the darkest and strangest corners the internet has to offer, featuring original songs, hilarious anecdotes, a fake ID and mediocre NBN.


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For the night owls, Blake Everett and Oliver Coleman will present ‘Dig Their Own Graves’ at 9pm in what has been described as ‘a ridiculously surreal fever dream which follows two shovel salesmen brothers on the run from the Russian Mafia.

Deciding the perfect place to hide is in fact on stage, doing a show about two struggling shovel salesmen on the run from the Russian mob, this show packs a full spectrum of humour that will have your cheekbones burning.

It’s mad cap. It’s completely idiotic. It’s glorious. It’s even certifiably Umbilical Brothers-approved.


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It’s mind-blowing goodness, right?

The team at the Geelong Arts Centre would hate for you to miss everything Fringe has to offer so they’ve made life easy for you, with the abiltiy to bundle and save with their Triple Threat multi-show package. Get lost in your very own Bermuda Triangle of Melbourne Fringe x Geelong Arts Centre shows!

Whether you’re after comedic gold, theatrical solo storytelling, or experimental theatre, there’ll be something for you when Melbourne Fringe hits Geelong in December.

Melbourne Fringe x Geelong Arts Centre runs from December 1 – December 2 2021. You can secure your tickets here.