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Art on the Fringe: Forty Years of Melbourne Fringe

13 October 2022, 7:00pm8:30pm
Cost$29, $24 for concession and State Library Victoria Cultural Members, free for First Nations
Location Conversation Quarter
The Quad
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Melbourne Fringe Festival is turning 40! And there’s no better way to celebrate than with a roaring evening of art, performance and conversation.   

Wander through State Library Victoria’s major exhibition, The Rest is Up to You, a collection of memories, thoughts and ideas about the future of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, contributed by artists, producers, directors and audiences.   

Grab a glass of wine and immerse yourself in a thought-provoking discussion as past and present Fringe artists, including iconic playwright Patricia Cornelius, beloved comedian Sammy J and Arrernte drag artist Stone Motherless Cold, along with host Richard Watts, explore the evolution of the Melbourne Fringe Festival community as a barometer of the city’s social, cultural and political identity.

The event will open with a bold monologue by Cornelius, who was awarded the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama for her body of work, including Runt, Shit, and Who’s afraid of the working class? 

The night will conclude with a performance by Stone Motherless Cold, whose striking, sensual and graphic work exemplifies the bright artistic future that lies ahead for the Fringe community. 

Revel in the past, present and future of one of our city’s best-loved and most culturally democratic, independent art festivals.  

Please note: doors will open at 6.30pm.

About Patricia Cornelius

Patricia Cornelius is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre. She’s a playwright, novelist and film writer. She’s the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize and the 2019 Green Room award for Life Achievement. She’s been awarded the Victorian, NSW and Queensland Premiers’ Prizes, the Patrick White Fellowship and the Mona Brand Award for playwriting, as well as numerous AWGIE awards.

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Presented by the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Fringe and State Library Victoria