Adelaide Fringe says new figures released today show it attracted thousands more interstate and international visitors in 2017 and has more than doubled its economic impact on South Australia in the past six years.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival co-artistic directors Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect ensured this year's event went out with a world-class bang at the closing variety gala, Songs of Love and Revolution.
A swag of 2017 Adelaide Festival shows – including sumptuous centrepiece Saul, an intimate work by Restless Dance Theatre, circus show Backbone and 3D audio experience The Encounter – are vying for gongs at this year’s Helpmann Awards.
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.
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’. ★★★★
From stories about the trappings of ageing to nude suits and rhythmic gymnastics, comedic pals Judith Lucy and Denise Scott dish up a joyously honest Fringe show, writes Nicky Titchener. ★★★★
What would life be like if the internet crashed all over the world? It's just one of the questions Stephen K Amos poses in this surprisingly political and highly recommended stand-up show. ★★★★½
If you like hairy men in skimpy black pants, and I do quite like a hairy man in skimpy pants, Canada's Cirque Alfonse has four for you. ★★★
The 3D audio technology in The Encounter is so sharp you would swear actor Richard Katz is whispering directly in your ear. You can practically feel his warm breath.
This Adelaide Festival exclusive is a chance to get to know three prominent Asian-Australians who’ve made a cultural difference in this state, writes reviewer Heather Taylor Johnson.
Artist Lynette Wallworth's immersive film experience is a deep dive into another universe – a coral reef in all its kaleidoscopic glory, writes reviewer Jo Vabolis.
Adelaide Writers' Week guest author Thordis Elva, who has co-written a book with the Australian man who raped her as a teenager, told last night's Q&A that "forgiveness was never, ever for him”.