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Fringe at The National

If you love gospel infused music, great local stories and absurd physical theatre, Fringe at The National offers some of the best from 26-30 September 2017.

A curated program of hand-picked shows includes:

Gospolation by The Gospo Collective

The Gospo Collective are ready to rock the Melbourne Fringe after sell-out seasons of ‘Gospolicious (2014)’ and ‘Gospolation (2017)’ at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

African rhythm meets western harmony, worlds of hymns and hip-hop collide, whilst a fourteen-piece vocal ensemble shows the intricacy of the human voice, backed by accomplished instrumentalists – that is Gospo Collective.

Gospo Collective, the country’s leading gospel choir was created out of a love for people, passion for education and a belief that music can transcend us to a level of deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

Featuring music by Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Hezekiah Walker, Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and many more, you will hear the greats in a way that you haven’t before. This renowned choral ensemble is joined by a dynamic backing choir with an army of Melbourne local voices.


ST KILDA STORIES by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre

ST KILDA STORIES are a collection of original, bitter-sweet monologues with a seaside aftertaste penned especially for Melbourne Fringe by playwrights from Melbourne Writers’ Theatre.

​A 1942 AWAS officer and her chocolate Kooglhoupf. An encounter with a seagull on St Kilda Pier. A Pride marcher channelling Wonder Woman. Perhaps you never knew that St Kilda was held together entirely by folklore, hearsay and historical fact, but if you live locally then perhaps you did.

The Melbourne Writers Theatre asked a team of writers to come up with five 10-minute monologues.  What follows will provide laughs, surprises, one strange moment

WouldMan by Justin Buchta
"Wouldman is like a super hero...a fascinating art that encourages open hearts and minds" - Sydney Fringe Review

WouldMan is a one-man performance for all the family! Filled with fun, dynamic imagination; it is a whimsical modern fairy-tale, in the traditions of Pinocchio, The Marx Brothers and The Wizard of Oz. Get ready for a never-before-seen magical journey of comedy, clowning and even acrobatics!
WouldMan dance? WouldMan fight? WouldMan dress up as a knight?
WouldMan move? WouldMan would, Wouldman stands for wood is good!

Justin Buchta is a Sydney based artist, and creates original works of theatre for both adults and children. He trained for theatre at the Jacques Lecoq school Paris, and an alumni of the Sydney College of the Arts, MVA. He teaches physical drama, specialising in mask, mime and movement to people of all ages in Australia at the Australian Theatre for Young People and NIDA.


​Gospolation by The Gospo Collective, 28-30 September, 7:30pm

St Kilda Stories, 26 – 30 September, 8:00pm

WoodMan by Justin Buchta, 26 – 28 September, 11:00am & 2:00pm

Tickets (03) 9525 4611 or



Event starts
Tuesday 26 September, 2017
Event Ends
Saturday 30 September, 2017
The National
Venue Address
20 Carlisle St

Victoria, St Kilda

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