September Project Spotlight | Fringe

With the curtain well and truly up on the Fringe Festival circuit, this month we look at projects working towards Melbourne Fringe 2023. These projects are exploring the family dynamic via three diverse and dynamic lenses, feeding into this year’s Fringe theme – ‘Playup’.


Led by Lebanese-Australian artist Stéphanie Ghajar, ‘ZAFFÉ’ is an immersive work that asks audience to take part in a Middle Eastern wedding party in Australia. There is dancing, singing, and ululation, but something is missing….ZAFFÉ will have its world premiere at Malthouse Theatre as part of Melbourne Fringe 2023. 

Donations will be used to pay an equitable basic wage to the creative team.




‘Broken River’ is a full-length stage play which explores the torment and pain families go through when a parent passes. The story follows a mother suffering from cancer and dementia who unforgivingly clings to her sense of humour, her memories, and her way of life. The stage play is for Melbourne Fringe 2023 audiences. 

Donations will be used to pay for theatre hire, costumes, props, set pieces and wages. 





When a father sacrifices his daughter to end a war, the poison of violence tears their family apart. Told in 26 striking fragments, ‘MinusOneSister’, from Anna Barnes, will show at Theatre Works Explosives Factory as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2023.

Funds will go towards wages for all creatives involved.





If you have an upcoming project and would like to #makeculturehappen, start your fundraising journey by registering on the ACF!