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Fringe could get hairy
The West Australian

With all their sequins, sparkle and silk, the unofficial king and queen of the Perth independent arts scene are a lot to take in the midday sun.

But Famous Sharron and cabaret crooner Tomas Ford are not ones to compromise showmanship for anything - not even the sweltering heat.

The pair are gearing up for this year's marathon Fringe World Festival, due to take over Perth from January 24, with 450 shows across 60 venues over four weeks.

Ford, who has been performing in Perth for more than 12 years, said it was a chance for local artists to debut at an event with international presence. The veteran described the festival as a "chaotic" mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

"The best part is the mix - there are shows that are amazingly put together and can change your life and there are shows that are so horrendously awful you end up talking about them constantly for the next four weeks," he said.

Famous Sharron, who will star in the Fame Game, said the festival had put Perth's performing arts scene on the map globally.

"Darl, a few years ago I didn't even know what Fringe was - I thought it was just a haircut, a horrible one," she said.