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The Outback Fringe Festival

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The Outback Fringe Festival is designed to bring an eclectic program of cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design to Mount Isa and showcase local acts over two fun filled days;

 Friday 15th September 2017, 4 pm-10 pm

& Saturday 16th September, 2 pm-10 pm


Visually and experientially- nothing like it has been seen in Mount Isa. Think Cabaret meets Carnivale meeting Circus! It's all about variety, with so many different genres on display & opportunities to learn with workshops to develop our local artists.


We will even be hosting a variety show on the Friday Night showcasing our local talent with $500 prize money up for grabs for the crowd voted favourite! To register your interest in being a part of the Friday Night Variety Show, please email  Bec: operations@mietv.com.aufor more information.


Get ready for an amazing weekend with these acts coming to town for the festival:






Join OperaQ stars on an adventure through Carmen, Madam Butterfly, Rigoletto,  and Don Giovanni  balanced by lighter, popular pieces along with plenty of anecdotes, laughs, and good times. Come along to experience the wonder, magic and joy of opera at close range.

  The artists greet and mingle with the audience on arrival, before they gradually draw them in to a "rehearsal", sharing the stories of the scenes they will perform. Steadily the stage is transformed by opera performers in magnificent costumes and a splash of theatre magic.


David Splatt presents "Vaudeville in a Suitcase"

 David Splatt brings vaudevillian comedy out of obscurity and into the modern times with his unique blend of mime, clowning and puppetry. From death defying flea circus stunts to masterful marionette manipulation, Mr Splatt creates a whimsical world of peculiar fun without ever even whispering a word.




Madame Tulalah's Magnificent Box

 Discover your destiny at the touch of a button with a trip to Madame Tulalah's Magnificent Box  - a fortune-teller machine brought to life.

This interactive performance, devised by director Melinda Hetzel and performer Richard Chambers, invites you to experience a seven-minute, one-on-one fortune-telling session with part drag queen, part automaton Madame Tulalah.

Speaking through an earpiece from her custom-built box (think 'Zoltar' from the movie Big), the mysteriously mechanical Madame Tulalah uses not-quite-conventional methods of divination to take you on a journey into the realms of fate, future, free will and the occasional technical difficulty.



The Crackup Sisters


The Crackup Sisters are coming to the Mount Isa Fringe Festival.

S.T Ruth and her little sister Twiggs will be bringing the best country comedy, slapstick acrobatics, whip cracking and fringe festival antics!


The Crackup Sisters travel the country creating laughter and shenanigans.

These lively characters from Winton, Outback Queensland pride themselves on bringing the stories of country Australia to life with comedy, larrikinism and a give-it-a-go attitude.


A blend of knockabout acrobatics, stunning stockwhip cracking, choreographed dances, aerial acrobatics and pumping country music The Crackup Sisters will have you all busting a gut with laughter and slapping each other in amazement wondering just how they do that and how do they get away with that!


They've featured at Calgary Stampede in Canada, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and rodeos all over Australia including Mt Isa and Mareeba. The Crackup Sisters have hosted the Ekka Main Arena and have performed at agricultural shows in every state of Australia including the Perth, Darwin, Toowoomba, Bathurst and Brisbane Royals. They've performed at the Birdsville Pub, in Fred Brophy's Boxing Tent and even at an 80th Birthday party.


The Crackup Sisters are heading to Mount Isa with a swag of comedy capers, laughs and fun - for the whole family.



Come and watch their shenanigans, meet with them, have a laugh and share in the joy and classic craziness that is The Crackup Sisters.


Australia's Funniest Shorts

Australia's Funniest Shorts showcases comedy films from our best comedians, funny people and filmmakers to a live audience.

"Australia's Funniest Shorts is the nation's premier comedy shorts festival. As comedy is the most popular short film and new-media genre, it provides a vital element in Australia's film culture" Tim Ferguson.

"Well the name is no lie. Some of the funniest comedy skits I've seen all year…" Rotunda Media

The festival features short comedy films (between 3 and 8 minutes) and sketches (up to 3 minutes). Total run time: approx. one hour

Rating: M15+ (contains course language and adult themes)

Australia's Funniest Shorts has successfully been screened at: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Fringe World, Rottofest, Freo Royale, Darwin Fringe, Cinefest OZ and heaps more.

Get off YouTube, turn off your TV or Laptop and laugh out loud with a screening full of comedy lovers.

For more info visit www.funniestshorts.com.au


Cost:  1 Day Pass:

Adults: $ 40

Pensioners/Concession: $ 30

Children (3-17 years): $ 20  (under 3 Free)

Families: $ 100


2 Day Pass:

 Adults: $ 50

Pensioners/Concession: $ 40

Children (3-17 years): $ 30  (under 3 Free)

Families: $ 130


All Entertainment is included in the cost of admission. Food & Beverages will be available for purchase at an additional cost with community stall holders. Market Stalls will also be on site during the event. 

 The Isa Outback Fringe Festival is supported with funding from Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government program that is designed to benefit regional & remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.


Friday 15th September

 4:00 pm - Doors Open

4:00 pm- Australia's Funniest Shorts Playing

4:00 pm - Cardboard Maze Open- Closes 7:00 pm

4:30 pm - Grossed Out Game Show

5:00 pm- Crack Up Sisters

5:45 pm- 6:30 pm - Workshops & Australia's Funniest Shorts Playing

5:30 pm- Madame Tullah's Magnificent Box

7:00 pm-8:00 pm- 'Isa Outback Fringe Festival Variety Show'

8:00 pm- David Splatt (Full Show)

8:00 pm- Matty Grey Roaming

8:30 pm - The Crack Up Sisters

8:30 pm- 10 :00 pm- Local Band BullDust Plays - Main Stage

10:00 pm - Close


Saturday 16th September

 2:00 pm - Doors Open - Australia's Funniest Shorts Playing on Mainstage

2:30 pm- Carboard Maze Opens , closes 7:00 pm

2:15 pm- The Crack Up Sisters

3:00 pm - Grossed Out Game Show

3:30 pm- Australia's Funniest Shorts Playing on Mainstage

4:00 pm- David Splatt

4:30 pm- The Crack Up Sisters

5:00 pm- Australia's Funniest Shorts Playing on Mainstage

5:30 pm- Madame Tulalah's Magnificent Box

5:45 pm- Six Foot Circus performance

6:00 pm- 7 pm - Opera Queensland Soundcheck on Main Stage

6:00 pm-6:40 pm- Six Foot Circus Workshop

6:00 pm- The Crack Up Sisters

6:30 pm-David Splatt

7:00 pm- Matty Grey Roaming

- Six Foot Circus Performance

7:30 pm- 9:15 pm - A Night With Opera Queensland

Approx. 9:15 (After Opera) - David Splatt

9:20 pm- Australia's Funniest Shorts - Main Stage  

Date:15/9/2017 - 16/9/2017
Time:4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location:Buchanan Park
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