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Strut & Fret is an internationally recognised Arts and Events Company, with over 20 years experience within the industry.
A vibrant company, Strut & Fret produces and manages events, theatrical productions, performers, and venues throughout Australia and internationally.
Since its inception in 1997, the company has worked in numerous capacities within the arts, entertainment & event industries and is renowned for its unique ‘catch your breath’ style.
‘A BRILLIANTLY INVENTIVE YOUNG COMPANY.’ The Guardian (UK)
Founded in 1997, Strut & Fret Production House began its life as a touring company, producing and administrating small scale tours not only throughout Australia but also into Asia, touring extensively in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
In 2001, the company began producing national tours of Australia. In the same year, it produced its first Edinburgh Fringe season with The Happy Sideshow. Since then it has gone on to tour numerous exceptional works created by the company itself and by independent artists both nationally and internationally. Most recently, we have created new works including BLANC de BLANC, LIMBO, Limbo Unhinged, Fear & Delight, Cantina, Tom Tom Crew, LIFE the Show, Deluxe Deluxe, Fun House, Love Riot and Dream Menagerie; as well as producing premiere work from established artists including Men of Steel, Kaput, Le Gateau Chocolat, Tom Thum – Beating the Habit, and The Lovebirds.
In addition to theatrical producing and touring, Strut & Fret continues its active involvement in diverse areas of the performing arts industry, creating unique private and public events including Brunswick Music Festival, Newman Outback Fusion Festival, Coburg Night Markets, Tastes of Gold Coast, Valley Fiesta, and the Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery Festival in 2016, celebrating 400 years since Dutch Explorer Dirk Hartog made landfall on the coast of Western Australia. Each year, Strut & Fret also produces The Spiegeltent, a greatly loved event in the cities of Hobart, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Wollongong and Canberra.
Strut & Fret are co-producers of festival precinct, The Garden of Unearthly Delights one of the biggest temporary arts precincts in the Southern Hemisphere. The Garden is an outdoor site which hosts over 100 performances in multiple temporary performance spaces, on an annual basis. In 2012, The Garden celebrated its 10th Anniversary season and was also awarded the Arts Hub 2011 Award for Contribution to the Australian Arts Scene.
Most recently, Strut & Fret were announced as the new producers of Christchurch’s much-loved World Buskers Festival. The festival has been renamed as Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival and will build on the 25-year legacy of the original event with an extensive program of exciting free events, exceptional ticketed shows, large-scale spectacle and world famous busking pitches.
In 2012, Strut & Fret announced that renowned performing arts company Strange Fruit were joining its pool of artists. Strange Fruit create and perform unique, large-scale visual spectacles that fuse theatre, dance and circus. Since the company’s inception in 1994, Strange Fruit has delighted audiences world-wide with their engaging and accessible performances and have achieved near-cult status in almost every continent across the globe, performing regularly at festivals and special events.
In July 2015 Scott Maidment & Strange Fruit's Phillip Gleeson travelled to New York to work with Madonna and her dancers to create the spectacle piece for the song Illuminati in her Rebel Heart Tour.