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Sharjah Fringe audiences tasting boundless artistic inventiveness


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Sharjah Fringe audiences tasting boundless artistic inventiveness

The 80s Rewind’s beatboxing brilliance and physical wit of Triple Buse opens new doors of imagination and creativity for the young and the old

It is evident from
the kind of shows on offer at the ongoing Sharjah Fringe festival (Sharjah
Fringe), that the carefully-crafted programme of over 60 staged and roaming
street performances has a mission loftier than providing fun and entertainment. 

The debut edition of
Sharjah Fringe, presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority
(Shurooq) in strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism
Development Authority, is doing an excellent job of showing how creators are
pushing the boundaries of performance arts, especially to its younger audience.

The Magnets hit you
with the ultimate 80s mixtape, entirely a cappella! 

Their 60-minute show
is aptly titled ‘The 80s Rewind’ and is hands down some of the best beatboxing
you’ve ever witnessed in your life. The Magnets are a 4-voice sound machine,
who hail from different parts of the world, but found each other; “Beatboxing
is a very small world at this level of professionalism, so there’s only around
20 to 30 people that can do this thing, especially on short notice. So, we just
fly in, get together, rehearse and fly out to shows,” says one of the band
members Frederick, who is American and has been living in Germany to pursue his
musical career. 

This fast-paced
nostalgia fest of brilliant beatboxing and silk smooth harmonies had the crowds
rapt throughout the show, especially those born in the golden decade of the
eighties. The Magnets have picked songs that display not just the band’s vocal
brilliance, but their jaw-dropping beatboxing range.

From Chaka Khan’s
R&B/Soul hit Ain’t Nobody to the theme song of Rocky III – Eye of
the Tiger
, Oscar-nominated The Power of Love from Back to the
Future, and many more, this quartet doesn’t shy away from treating their
audience to hair-raising vocal gymnastics.“Scream! Scream louder! Listen, put
your hands together. It’s okay to clap,” Frederick teases his audience. 

Callum McIntosh, the
show’s director and producer, is of Scottish decent and settled in London. He
shares a bit of the band’s history, saying, “The Magnets have been going around
the world for 20 years now, actually, but this show and this group has only
been around since 2015. We’re normally a 5-piece but we thought we’ll try four
for Sharjah Fringe”, adding “so this is a lot of sound for four people to
create, as you can see.” 

Audiences couldn’t
agree more with Callum.The finisher is a non-stop 10-minute mishmash of 80s
hits encompassing pop, classical, R&B and Hip-Hop, even rock and soul. The
Magnets spend no more than 30 seconds on a song and the way they transition
song-to-song and across genres is nothing short of a sonic

“We only just
arrived here but we’re really enjoying Sharjah. People have been very friendly,
the food is great and we love the waterfront location of the theatres we’re
performing in,” adds Sam, one of The Magnet’s main vocalists from Australia,
also settled in London. 

The Magnets will
perform every day at the West Events Circle Theatre in Al Majaz Waterfront,
until Saturday,  February 1, and the show must definitely be on your
Sharjah Fringe ‘must do’ list. Book your tickets online at

A lovely dose of
physical comedy  

Think you’ve had
your fill of the unknown or uncommon for a day? Not at the Sharjah Fringe. Walk
over to Masrah Al Qasba – Theatre in Al Qasba for Triple Buse; a physical
theatre production that is ageless in its artistic appeal and successfully
elicits lots of giggles through the skilled administration of physical

The three
protagonists of this light-hearted play work at a balloon factory, which is
brought to life on stage by piles of cardboard boxes that is the show’s main
prop. They slowly realise how their mundane life spent beside a production line
is draining them of joy. Once the brave one in the group decides to break out
of the shackles of his routine existence, the gray scene on stage is completely

Without the use of
words, the play convincingly conveys an important message through colours, fun,
lots of physical humour and magic. This light-hearted show leaves the audience
feeling uplifted and even wanting to indulge in a little bit of

Perfect for audiences above the age of five, Triple Buse will be staged every day at 6:30 p.m.on the Masrah Al Qasba Theatre until Saturday, February 1. Tickets can be purchased online at

About Sharjah Fringe Festival

Sharjah Fringe Festival is the first-ever Fringe festival in the UAE and the Middle East, joining a global list of Fringes that are considered among the largest arts and entertainment events globally. Sharjah Fringe is a platform that brings the best of family and children’s theatre and entertainment – which includes dance, music, mime, magic, puppetry, circus acts and other forms of interactive entertainment – from around the world to the emirate.

Sharjah Fringe will run from 16 January – 1February, 2020, with more than 600 shows staged by over 50 artists across four destinations: Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba, The Flag Island and Al Noor Island, alongside roaming street performances.

Sharjah Fringe is presented by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in strategic partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.

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