CLARK Gormley might be the biggest self-confessed nerd in Newcastle.
And so it is fitting that the comedian and musician is set to present a reprise of his act Up the Nerdsville Track at the 2019 Newcastle Fringe Festival, to be held in March.
The re-worked show, Further Up the Nerdsville Track, is a musical road trip in which the audience is strapped into a car with a nerd at the wheel and together they drive across this “big brown land”.
Gormley has presented shows at the festival each year since it began in 2016, and said nerds are always the heroes of his work.
“I think nerds are going to take over the world shortly,” Gormley said. “There is a lot of nerds out there that don’t really like to admit it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
Gormley will also perform at the festival in his musical duo Nerds and Music, with Wayne Thompson – fellow nerd and professional font designer.
“He (Thompson) is very big time in the font business,” Gormley said. “He designed the new font for the ABC. ABC sans it’s called.”
Other shows Gormley has created on the theme of Nerds are: Dial ‘N’ for Nerder and Clark’s Nerdy Science Show. He has taken his shows to fringe festivals in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
“They all include original music and a PowerPoint presentation,” Gormley said.
The 2019 Newcastle Fringe Festival will bring 22 shows, with 61 performances, to Newcastle between March 20-24, at venues including The Royal Exchange, The Lock Up, The Grand Hotel, The Exchange Hotel, Hamilton WEA and the Christ Church Cathedral.
“The Newcastle Fringe was established to create a professional platform for local artists to perform their works,” Mr Aughey said.
“The festival is designed to inspire audiences by presenting an alternative, more artistic form of entertainment.”
Audience attendance at the festival has grown by 20-24 per cent each year.
Further Up the Nerdsville Track will be performed on March 21 and 22 at 6pm, at The Royal Exchange, Bolton Street.
Tickets and information: newcastlefringe.com.au