Record-breaking box-office figures for the 2017 Adelaide Festival and Fringe add weight to the call for increased investment in South Australian artists, says Arts Industry Council of SA chairperson Gail Kovatseff.
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.
One-man play Every Brilliant Thing tackles the difficult subject of mental illness in a beautiful and life-affirming way, writes reviewer Jo Vabolis.
Watching an accomplished performer like Miriam Margolyes on stage with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is a rare privilege, whatever your age, writes reviewer Nicky Titchener.
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’. ★★★★
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. ★★★★
Fringe circus show Blanc de Blanc hosted its opening night this week in the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent in the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Five artists whose work challenges perceptions about Africa will transform a city street during a festival this weekend showcasing African music, art, food and culture.
Gospolation, presented by Adelaide choir the Gospo Collective, is a pure display of unbridled enthusiasm for singing. ★★★