2020 Newcastle Fringe: OMG WTF show for weird and wonderful variety acts to be loud and proud

A showcase of variety performers with weird talents doing what they were born to do, which will leave you asking "oh my God, what was that?".

This is how Newcastle hula hoop artist Hannah Indigo describes OMG WTF - the variety show she has put together for the upcoming Newcastle Fringe festival.

"If you're a fan of drag, circus, sideshow, singing, burlesque - this is the show for you," Indigo said. "You're going to see really good quality variety acts. It's just going to be weird. Expect the unexpected."

OMG WTF is the second ever show Indigo has produced, which will premier at The Lock-Up in Newcastle on Saturday, March 21. Her first show was part of the first Newcastle Fringe in 2016.

A variety artist herself, Indigo works full-time primarily as a hula hoop artist but is also a fire performer and stilt walker.

Burlesque performer Vivienne Rose. Picture: Susan Mac at Newcastle ArtSpace

Burlesque performer Vivienne Rose. Picture: Susan Mac at Newcastle ArtSpace

Inspired by a trip to a Melbourne convention at the start of the year, Indigo returned home with a vigour to enter a show into the 2020 Newcastle Fringe.

"It was all last minute to organise but I was really lucky that the performers I had envisaged to be part of the show were available and really keen. If it wasn't for them I would be able to put it on," she said.

OMG WTF features a selection of burlesque, sideshow, circus and drag acts from nine performers, including Indigo, who mostly hail from Newcastle and the Hunter. Others are from Sydney.

In the line-up is 'Hula Hooper Extraordinaire' Bravissimo, Magic Mandalas, 'twisted drag king' Axl Rod, Newcastle burlesque artists Berlin Von Black and Vivienne Rose, Zackari Watt - King of Singing, Linda Sanderson and theatre company Curious Legends.

"I didn't want the show to have a theme. I just wanted really good quality variety acts. When I was envisaging the show, I thought 'who do I know has a good quality variety act?'," Indigo said about creating OMG WTF.

"Then I realised there was a theme starting to develop. It was all acts that when I saw them or had them pitched to me, I thought 'OMG' of 'WTF'.

"So I just decided to go with that title for show because that's sort of the feeling that I think the audience will get when they watch the acts - what am I watching? What just happened? Why did that happen? Where did that go?

"The act I'm putting into the show, I've been working on it for over a year. I'm really excited to put it out there. I'm just really excited to put something on stage that I feel like is authentically me.

"I'm also looking forward to watching all my friends do what they are born to do on stage."

Tickets to OMG WTF, $30 per person, are selling fast. Buy through Sticky Tickets or newcastlefringe.com.au.

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