South Australia should look to art, and specifically the burgeoning experience economy, to lift the state out of the doldrums, writes Nick Mitzevich.
Outrageous New York singer and comedian Bridget Everett promises a wild night at her 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival show, warning audience members: 'Be ready to leave your inhibitions at the door.'
The 2017 Adelaide Festival program was a beautifully crafted object d’art, offering a blaze of hope against a dismal horizon, write Flinders University's Julian Meyrick and William Peterson.
Zing went the strings of our hearts! With a voice two parts finest French champagne and one part whisky chaser, Rufus Wainwright charmed Adelaide with a Festival closer that showcased his monumental talents.
Mad March will draw to a close on Sunday, but there are still plenty of shows to see over the final weekend. Here are some highlights from all genres of the Adelaide Festival and Fringe programs.
Gala is not a typical international dance company performance that we watch with wonder and admiration, but rather a celebration of the joy of dance - an appreciation of the sense of belonging found only in communal movement.
The Adelaide Festival hosted a pre-show event for its partners at the Park Palais hub (in Elder Park) this week.
By turns poignant and rousing, '1967 – Music in the Key of Yes' is both an impressive showcase of Indigenous talent and a celebration of a landmark moment in Australia's civil rights history.
It's the stuff that childhood memories are made of: an enchanting world of secret hopes, dreams and journeys. You would need a heart of stone not to fall in love with Lula Del Ray.
Vika and Linda Bull have added polish to many recordings by others but it is always a delight seeing them at their exuberant best and in their own right. ★★★★½
Whatever contemporary dance studies lecturer Peter Sheedy and the powers-that-be in the Dance Department of TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts are doing, they’re doing it right. ★★★★
Rough Diamanté is 60 minutes of hilarious, outrageous, tightly-packed stand-up which races along without respite, writes reviewer Jim Mack. ★★★★½
Rhys Nicholson's new show, I'm Fine, is a beautifully bitchy account of how this socially anxious young man has overcome bullying and social stigma to arrive at a place of mere mild neuroses. ★★★★
Priscilla Armstrong, as 1930s Berlin cabaret performer Sally Bowles, sings songs from 'Cabaret' and 'Threepenny Opera' with a cheeky grin and seductive eyes that could charm the pants off an SS officer.
Jimeoin is a seasoned stand-up performer: an entrance jig sets the scene and the banter begins, quickly drawing you in. ★★★½
After winning the Best Circus & Physical Theatre award at last year’s Adelaide Fringe with ‘Knee Deep’, Casus Circus is back with an entertaining new show called ‘Driftwood’. ★★★★
There's barely a gap in the audience laughter at a Dave Hughes show ... so be warned, you may leave with an aching jaw. ★★★★
All the way from South Africa, this five-piece a cappella group exude such joy that it’s impossible not to get swept up in their energy. ★★★★
Re-staging The Secret River under the stars in the Anstey Hill Quarry has not been without its challenges, but audiences are in for a special experience watching the show against the raw cliff backdrop.
Ticket sales for the 2017 Adelaide Festival are up 50 per cent on the same time last year and already the highest on record.
Many shows promise high-end comedy and eyebrow-raising debauchery. Little Death Club delivers on both counts. ★★★★
You'd think Matt Tarrant's mentalist skills would have given him an edge on Australian Survivor, but the Adelaide Fringe artist says there's one big difference between reality-show contestants and show audiences.
Fresh from successful tours of the UK and North America, this wonderfully rough piece of theatre parodies a certain hit television series of a similar name. ★★★★