Deadly Fringe is back!

Deadly Fringe is back!

Applications are open now!

With three successful years already, this artist development program has presented dis place by Kate ten Buuren, Biladurang by Joel Bray (Winner of 2017 Melbourne Fringe Award), Bighouse Dreaming by Declan Furber Gillick (Winner of three 2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards), Matriarch by Sandy Greenwood (Winner of two 2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards) and Liyan by Sermsah Bin Saad.

Melbourne Fringe teams up with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company again to continue to expand as it seeks to unearth and nurture innovative works by emerging First Nations artists.

Deadly Fringe is designed to facilitate the growth, exploration and pathways for emerging and deadly voices in theatre / contemporary performance, visual art and arts producing. Deadly Fringe in 2020 includes:

  • Performing Arts Commissions
  • Visual Arts Commissions
  • Emerging Producer Placements

These are underpinned by the broader program of artistic and cultural support, provided through mentorships, engagement with Elders, First Nations Yarning Circles, community engagement initiatives, and dedicated assistance from the two Deadly Fringe producers.


What do you get? As part of Deadly Fringe you will be able to access:
  • Free registration in the 2020 Festival
  • Cash, you get cash – anywhere between $7,000 – $10,000 for your project (depending on the work).
  • A mentorship – you will be mentored and supported through the process of creating the work
  • Cultural support and guidance from Elders
  • Participation in our First Nations Yarning Circles

The performance work can be of any flavour – theatre, storytelling, cabaret, live art or an amazing mix of all of them. All you have to do is get in touch, put together an expression of interest (see the info) and send it through to Fringe be considered for Deadly Fringe.


If you have any questions, check out our 2020 Deadly Fringe information pack or give Danny a call on (03) 9660 9600.

Applications are open now, and close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 20 November.

2020 Deadly Fringe information pack

Submit an EOI

Photo by Duncan Jacob